Grammar can be fun

by Eva buyuksimkesyan / Jan 31, 2011 /

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF …
Brainstorm what they do everyday.
Ask them to write the name of their favourite object on a piece of paper.
Tell them they are going to write a day in the life of their favourite object.
Encourage them to be creative.
For example: My favourite object is my netbook. She sometimes wakes up very early to go to school with me. She likes drinking coffee with me while waiting for the bell to ring….


MY DAILY ROUTINE
Each student must say 3 sentences (or even more depending on the size or the level) about their daily routine. For example, I get up very early, I take the tram to go to school and I have lunch at school.
The next student will do the same but he shouldn’t repeat the things his friend has mentiones.


HOBBIES / ROUTINES CHALLENGE
Tell students they have to listen to each other very carefully.
Student A tells what her favourite pastime is.
Student B repeats what student A has said and then adds her own.
Student C reapeats what student A and B have said and then adds her own.

MY HERO
Create a character with your class. Decide the age, hobbies, habits, occupation, family
Divide the class into groups and tell them to write a paragraph describing their hero.
Variation: You can do it as a chain story.

SENTENCES
Students will make sentences using 5 words.
They will make a sentence adding a word that begings with the last letter of the previous word. E.g Susan never reads simple editions.
Variation: Choose a letter together, each word of the sentence should begin with that sentence.

JOKES
Prepare a handout with some jokes.
Leave out the punch line.
Group them and ask to write their own.

PROVERBS
Prepare a handout with halved proverbs and ask them to match the halves.
FOLLOW UP: You can discuss them or ask them which one they liked best or if there is a similar one in their mother tongue.

GENERAL TRUTH
Write the words on the board : turn, set, occur, grow, give, rise, sea, earth, sun, plants, national disasters, etc.
In pairs ask them to write 3 general facts using the words given.

COLORFUL POEMS
You can read it here. Instead of Colours you can ask them to write a poem with same skeleton for emotions.

 

 

 

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 Eva Buyuksimkesyan is the ESL Tips Editor for Wandering Educators. You can find her at http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/

 

 

 

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