SPEAKING GAMES: revise VOCABULARY, VERBS, 3rd PERSON PRESENT, PRESENT CONTINUOUS & OTHER TENSES with SIMPLE REPETITIVE GAMES
SPEAKING IS NEVER PRACTISED ENOUGH at any level and one of the easiest ways to do so while also REVISING VOCABULARY and TENSES is to take a pack of flashcards such as JOBS to represent people, take a pack of VERBS such as CHORES around the house and get students to turn over one of each card creating very SIMPLE FUN SENTENCES:
Cards: BAKER / HOOVER the living room
Student 1: WHERE DOES a baker WORK?
Student 2: A baker WORKS in a bakery.
BUT the baker isn't working now.
Student 1: WHAT's the baker DOING?
Student 2: She's HOOVERING the living room.
Cards: DANCER / HANG the laundry
Student 1: WHERE DOES a dancer WORK?
Student 2: A dancer DANCES in a theatre.
BUT the dancer isn't dancing now.
Student 1: WHAT's the dancer DOING?
Student 2: He's HANGING the laundry.
As you can see, it's good to practise affirmatives, negatives, questions, continuous tenses etc.
Depending on which cards randomly appear, amusing sentences may be created.
You can practise other tenses, too:
Cards: BUTCHER / IRON the laundry
Student 1: WHAT DID the baker DO yesterday?
Student 2: He DIDN'T WORK in the bakery.
He IRONED the laundry.
Cards: POLICEMAN / MAKE the beds
Student 1: WHAT HAS the chemist DONE today?
Student 2: He HASN'T WORKED at the police station.
He HAS MADE the beds.
Cards: HOUSEWIFE / DO the gardening
Student 1: WHAT IS the housewife GOING TO DO?
Student 2: He ISN'T GOING TO WORK in the house.
She'S GOING TO DO the gardening.
The OBJECTIVE is to help students make sentences speaking and PRACTISE THROUGH REPETITION rather than through grammatical explanations. Using the language is the best way for students to learn it.
You can also introduce frequency adverbs with a dice to add fun and practise.
Please write any other ideas you may have in the comments box below.
A FUN ALTERNATIVE is to SPIN the WHEELS below to create RANDOM sentences.
(Make your own wheels at Wheeldecide.com)
I hope these ideas were useful for you!
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My name is Susan Brodar, born in London into a multilingual family and brought up bilingual English / Italian.