I shouldn’t be saying this but I have to… I hate teaching modals and I am not a hundred per cent sure I am the only one to blame for this. Maybe grammarians should reach an agreement on how best categorise them ?
Anyway, let’s face the teaching of modals with some speaking activities to help lift spirits. Mine, of course!
ACTIVITY 1.EXPRESSING ABILITY: CAN
Work with a partner. Take turns asking your partner questions about the abilities in parentheses. Use Can in your questions and Can or Can’t in your answers. Demonstrate you can -let’s have fun, shall we?- where necessary:)
♥ (say the alphabet backwards)
♥ (wiggle your nose)
♥ (read in a car without getting sick)
♥ (touch the end of your nose with your eyes closed)
♥ (curl your tongue)
♥ (remember your first teacher’s name)
♥ (raise one eyebrow without raising the other)
♥ (cross your eyes)
♥ (pull your fingers backwards to your wrist)
Do you have any other outstanding abilities?
Ready to continue…?
ACTIVITY 2. In pairs once again, talk about the following…