I must be doing something wrong. On second thought, perhaps my students are doing something wrong.
Do you know when your mum tells you off over and over again for not tidying your room and you just nod your head, promise it will never happen again and then, for some unknown reason, you seem unable to keep your promise? My students do it all the time. It’s called being nice. They are very nice, but being nice won’t help them pass exams.
So, you highlight the mistake, explain why it is a mistake, ask students if they have understood, they nod their head and say they do, you elicit some examples and give them exercises to consolidate and when you think you have seen the last of this mistake, here it is again, sticking its tongue out at you.
Below you’ll find a quiz with some of these very persistent mistakes students at intermediate level, and probably above, make.
This is how I suggest you do this quiz
- Do the quiz. Obviously 🙂
- Read the grammar and do the exercises when provided.
- For spelling mistakes: try to remember the words commonly misspelt featured in the quiz and write them down with the correct spelling.
- Grammar mistakes: Do you remember the mistakes? Can you remember why they were wrong? Write a sentence for each of the mistakes you can remember.
- Do the quiz again and correct your own sentences and the spelling of the words now.
- Were there any grammar or spelling mistakes you could not remember? Repeat numbers 3, 4 and 5.
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