Changing sentences

  • Write a lengthy sentence on the board & volunteer a student to come out to the board with a pen.
  • The class & the student have to change the sentence word by word but the sentence must still make sense. E.g. She wrote a letter to her sister TO She wrote a letter to her husband.
  • One word at a time can be changed - keep the original sentence on the board & write the new word below the one it changes.
  • And any word can be changed any time, even the new ones. The key is to keeping grammatical sense.
  • For this game, use a grammatical structure recently learned.
  • For quick fun variation, could allow students to make ridiculous combination. E.g. Dogs often sit on chocolate.
  • A variation to this game is to allow students to change as much as they want. E.g. She wrote a letter to her husband TO The pilot sent a signal to the airport.

Memory to reinforce tense structures (and use of articles)

  • Divide class into groups and select one group to help demonstrate rules. Teacher starts by saying, "I went to the market and I bought an apple."
  • Student next to the teacher follows by saying, "I went to the market and I bought an apple and some eggs."
  • The next student continues by saying, "I went to the market and I bought an apple, some eggs, and a potato."
  • Play continues with each student repeating what previous members said and adding one item to the shopping list
  • You can use different sentences and tense structures like "When I go on vacation I will take..." and "Next year, when my friend and I go skiing in France, we must remember to take..." e.t.c.
  • This game allows students to demonstrate the range of vocabulary that they know, or simply to use what you have been teaching them recently. Good game to practice all kinds of verb tenses.

Jumbled Sentences

Jumble sentences from course book, using the grammar structure being studied. Ideas for using scrambled sentences

The No Preparation Alternative

  • Print the page with the scrambled sentences, use sentences from your class's grammar book, or make up your own. Write the words for one sentence on the board in mixed-up order. Use a single column format, with all the nouns together, pronouns together, etc.
  • Students work individually to arrange the words into a grammatically correct sentence. When they think they've got it, they call you over to check.
  • You can set a time limit to provide a little more structure. When the time is up, they can compare their answers with a partner or you can ask one or two students to write their sentences on the board.

Scrambled Sentences in Envelopes

  • This is a fast paced fun game that really gets students thinking about grammatical form and syntax. It requires some preparation on your part, but if you keep the envelopes you can recycle them for future lessons.
  • Preparation: Cut each sentence into words or groups of words. To add to the challenge, you could put two complete sentences into one envelope. You want a total of six or seven envelopes per group, all with different sentences. Each envelope should be numbered.
  • In-class: Divide the class into three or four teams. Have each team choose a team name. Write these names on the board. Under each name, write the numbers of the envelopes. Here's where the fun begins. Begin by giving each team one envelope. When they think they've got the right answer, they call you over to check. If it's correct, circle the number of that envelope on the board (under their team name) and give them a new envelope. The first team to correctly arrange the words in all the envelopes wins. Award a small prize to the winning team.