Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Practicing 'should' with a game

You can do this activity after introducing and doing some practice on the modal 'should'.
  • Ask students to take a piece of paper and write a problem they have. It's best if it is a real problem, but they can obviously make something up if they don't want to talk about their problems in class. 
  • Ask each student to write a nickname.
  • Collect the pieces of paper in a box, mix them up a little, and give them back to the students making sure that nobody gets their own paper back.
  • Ask students to write some advice for the problem they receive.
  • When they are finished writing their advice, ask students to read it out for the whole class.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Speaking practice with modals of deduction (may, might, must, could)

This activity aims to help learners practice modals of deduction. (Have a look at this post to learn more about these modals.)
  • Students work in groups of up to 6. (If you have fewer than 6 in each group, just don't use all the photos.)
  • Each student gets one of these photos. (I asked them to choose one of the photos without showing them what was in the photo.)
  • They try to guess what these inventions are and try to justify their deductions. (e.g. This must be something for working people because it is attached to a tie.)
  • The group members also share their opinions about the same photo, if any.
  • All the group members take turns doing the same until they have discussed all the photos.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Charities (Speaking practice with comparatives)

Aim: to practice grammar (comparatives and superlatives) and vocabulary (language related to the environment, animals and charities, giving opinions)

Grouping: whole class, then groups of five, but the activity can be tailored to smaller numbers (just do not use all of the charities)