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.
  • When all the groups are done talking about the photos, the teacher shows what the inventions are actually used for using this PPT. (The photos and the names are pretty self-explanatory, but if you need help to explain what the inventions do, just Google their name and you'll see loads of pages to give you some explanation.)
  • If you have the time, it might be a good idea to ask each group to share their guesses with the whole class before revealing the actual purpose of each invention.
As a follow-up activity, you can ask each group to choose the most creative one and have a whole class discussion.