Look at these big words other and another. Talking about these two is always a good idea. If you are wondering why, it is maybe because you are not a teacher ‘cause if you are in the teaching business, you know well why they are so big.
If you are a student and you don’t recognize the problem these two words might cause, it is mainly for one of these three reasons
You are aware these two cause problems, but you do not make this mistake, in which case you can stop reading here.
You are making this mistake and don’t know how to fix it, in which case this post can really help you.
You don’t really know what the fuss is about, which means you are nor even aware that you are making this mistake. Well, dearest, it is you I had you in mind when I decided to write this post.
Let’s see if together we can fix it once and for all.
First, let’s have a look at the grammar. Below you’ll find the PDF, but I have always liked teaching and then revising and then reinforcing and because it kind of feels repetitive, I feel the necessity to do it in different ways. I don’t want my students to die of boredom.
So, I have designed this nice presentation using the interactive tool Genial.ly to support the rather dull but effective PDF file.
It is true that there is so much material out there for our English classes that most of the times, we just need to type some keywords on the internet and voîla, we have it. But, think about it, has it ever happened to you to come across some great material but not just exactly what you are looking for? To me. All the time. And that’s probably why I am always on the lookout for new sites to help me create my own content.
This happened to me last week. I wanted to give my students a board game with conversation questions about sports and at the same time, use a little game to activate the vocabulary we had been studying. I was lucky, from my files, I rescued an old board game that I had used a long time ago. But although it served the purpose, I was not entirely happy and therefore I set out to trawl the internet looking for an editable board game where I could write the questions I wanted my students to discuss.
And as Jeremiah the prophet said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. Well, I must have put all my heart into it ‘cause I found it. The design is not perfect but hey! it’s free.
Tools for educators is a nice little site which offers online editable templates. You just choose the template and write your own content.
In my case, I have used the board game, but you can explore the other templates it offers. I am dying to try the dice generator. I don’t know how I am going to use it yet, but use it I know I will.
So, this is what it looks like. You will need to fill in the 21 squares. If you don’t, it will still print the board but with some blank squares. Options when you have run out of questions? Move ahead one space, move back two spaces… Once you have written your content, just print it.
This is a great way to review any subject that needs a little jazzing up
Give students 5 pieces of paper. I normally reuse discarded printed with a blank side, which I cut into approx 10×5 cm pieces.
Instruct them to write on each piece a word or expression they have learnt about, in this case, sports. Ex: face danger, overcome your fears, adventurous. I encourage them to write not just the word but also the collocation as we have learned it.
Ask students to form groups of three or four people.
Ask them to put together all their cards, shuffle them a bit and place them face down in the middle
Give students counters and a die. The youngest in the group starts playing and then players will continue playing clockwise.
When Player A lands on a square, he reads the question and then picks up a card containing an expression which he will have to use when answering the question. They will have one minute to answer the question. If they manage to squeeze the expression, they can keep the card. If not, the card is returned to the pile.