Want to make your ‘dull’ grammar lessons more exciting? All you need is a hotel reception bell.
Last week I wanted to practise verbs followed by prepositions in an exciting way so I sat a group of adults around a hotel reception bell and projected sentences with the preposition after the verb missing. As they saw and heard me reading the sentence there was a rush to ping the bell and answer!
I would never have believed that a group of middle-aged adults could get so excited about ringing a bell to answer a question!
However, if they ring the bell and get it wrong a point is deducted. This stops them from ringing the bell and guessing.
Any exercise can be spiced up in this way. My next endeavour is to find where they sell more bells (this one I had at home) so I can make teams in bigger classes. Let me know your students’ reaction if you try it out! Mine loved it!
I hope you like this suggestion.
a traditional lesson?
24/4/2016 10:52:29 am
24/4/2016 11:39:58 am
Glad you like it!
27/4/2016 06:50:48 am
25/4/2022 05:26:08 am
Thanks for this! After having read this post, I´ve recently tried it with one of my groups of secondary students, and will continue using your idea in different activities with different students. I had had this in mind from that time up to now, so, after 6 years, i´m glad that I put this into practice! Thanks a lot!
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My name is Susan Brodar, born in London into a multilingual family and brought up bilingual English / Italian.