Tense Review

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
― Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

I’ve been doing some creative writing workshops with a group of young learners. They love writing stories, poems but they still have problems with the tenses so today we revised them. As they love writing and hate drill-like exercises, I prepared a handout and had some fun guessing what people around the world are doing while we were revising the tenses. The handout may give you an idea and you can customise it according to your students’ needs and level.
You can download the handout.
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Grammar Games ~Time Clause Game

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This can be played either with past and future time clauses.

Prepare cards. Choose two different colors for the cards. Say pink and yellow. On pink cards, write an activity such as wash the dishes, make the bed, etc.

On yellow cards write a conjunction that is used in time clauses.

Divide the class into two.

Explain the students that they have to choose two pink cards and a yellow card and make a correct sentence.

Draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the board and play the game.

Alternatively you can pass the pink cards and ask your students to write activities on the cards.

 

Drink coffee

 

 

 

 

Leave the house After

 

Run two hours

 

 

 

Collapsed Because

 

Take the medicine

 

 

 

Feel better The moment
Arrive home Make a salad While

 

 

 

Get back home Sleep When

 

 

 

Feel ill Eat all the chocolate As soon as

 

 

 

 

Wash the dishes

 

 

 

Watch the movie Before
Wait at the bus stop

 

 

 

Come Until

 

 

 

Fun with Present Continuous Tense

Improvisations part 2

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Sometimes I adapt activities from TV shows, games, etc.

The following activity is from a drama group called ‘Mahser-i Cumbus’. While watching their performance, I usually find great ideas for my classes.

It sounds a bit confusing but it really is fun.

Student A stands up and mimes. While miming she makes a sentence with another action.

Student B comes and mimes the action student A has just said but says something else.

The situation should look and sound something like this:

A: (brushing his teeth) I’m drinking a cup of coffee

B: (drinking a cup of coffee) I’m washing my hands.

C: (washing his hands) I’m writing a letter.

You can watch a short animation I created from Xtranormal by clicking the link:  http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7274801

Similar activities from my blog:

Improvising in the EFL classroom

Just Improvise – A Quick Game

More fun with Present Continuous Tense, please visit TEFL.net for 15 fun games for the present continuous tense.

Fun with Simple Present Tense

 

With my grade 10 students, we are revising the simple present tense at the moment and while planning what I’ll do, I listed some activities that I used in the previous years as warmers or fillers. I’ll be happy if you also add your favourite Present Simple Tense activities here

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.
  • Envourage 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. ( 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.

Power point presantations

Power point presantations are a good way to revise certain grammar topics. Once you prepare your ppp, you can go to authorStream or Boxnet and upload  then your presantation is ready to be shared in the virtual world.I just prepared one and added it to my class blog and I also wanted to share it here. I’m planning to compile grammar presantations in my blog too. I also hope to find other ways to prepare better presantations. But for the time being this is the one that I can manage.

Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Progressive