Friday, 20 April 2012

When Grammar comes to life! Anette Igel

These are the ideas/activities from the session. Some ideas are my original ones, the others I have learnt from other teachers and teacher trainers. As I cannot remember who I got which activity from, I cannot give credits to them. The grammar exercises on the slides are all taken from 'new edition Grammar one' by Jennifer Seidl, OUP.
Snowball or Table-ball?
Divide the class into smaller groups. In each group the students get a number from 4 - 8 (depending on the size of the group and the amount of sentences). Hand out small pieces of paper to the students (the number of papers needs to match the numbers of sentence halves per group).Dictate the two halves of the sentences to the students: Number 1 write...., Number 2 write ...., so that each student writes at least one half of a sentence. The ask them what they play in winter and elicit 'snow ball fight'. The students then crumble up their pieces of paper. They 'fight' against each other in their groups, either throwing or blowing the 'snowballs' across the table. Allow them up to 2 min (you want them to work afterwards again!), then they collect all 'snowball', unfold them and together match the sentence halves in their groups.
I can and I can’t!
Version 1: Draw a table on the board and the students write their names into the correct category (can/can't). They then make sentences about each other.
Version 2: In pairs they interview each other and then write true sentences about each other.
Version 3: In smaller groups they create their own table, each student adding something he/she can do especially well, then the others add if they can or can't do it. They can then report back to the class.
What a puzzle!
Version 1: Prepare  sentences so that there is a word for each student on an A5 sheet. Each sentence has its own colour. The students either get or take randomly a word. They then have to find their group and have to stand in a row so that they show the correct sentence. It can be turned into a competition: Which group is the first to have a correct sentence?
Version 2: Prepare sets of sentences for each group of students. Each sentence is cut up, so that they have single words. They then have to put in their groups the words into sentences.
Explain what an auction is. Put the students into small teams. Each team needs to decide which of the sentences is correct and which has got a mistake. If they decide that a sentence is correct, they put a tick behind it. If they think the sentence is not correct, they have to write down the correct form. Then they have to decide how much they bet on each of their sentences. They can bet altogether £500. The group that has most correct or properly corrected sentences at the end wins.

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