MATCH OR MISMATCH
Age level - Teens and above
Proficiency level - This activity can be adapted to every level, but it works better with intermediate and above.
Material - Slips of paper
Objective - To put clauses together and analyze them grammatically and logically. students also have the opportunity to correct the ones that don't match.
- Give each student two slips of paper.
- Ask them to write, say, a sentence beginning with "if".
- Collect all the slips and make a pile on the table.
- Ask students to write the complement to their clause on the second slip.
- Collect these too, making a second pile on the table.
- One by one, students stand up and pick one slip from each pile, reading them aloud for the group. The class will judge whether the final sentence is logical or not. If not, they have to change it so that it does.
Example: If it rains tomorrow my parents will give me a present.
It is not logical, so they need to change either the if clause or the result clause so as to make them logical. The result can be: If it rains tomorrow, I will stay home.
If I get good grades, my parents will give me a present.
Beginning students can write a noun and an adjective, an indefinite article and a noun, a quantifier and a noun, etc.
AGREE, DISAGREE, UNSURE
Age level - teens and older
Proficiency level - Good for intermediate and upper levels.
Material - Three big signs (AGREE, DISAGREE, UNSURE); a list of controversial, polemic statements
Objective - this activity enhances discussion and opinion giving.
- Prepare three big signs that read AGREE, DISAGREE, UNSURE.
- Place them on three different corners of the classroom.
- Pose a controversial statement like, "I think women shouldn't ask men out."; "Poverty is a problem that only governments can solve."; "It's OK to keep something valuable that you have found."
- Students move to one of the corners and are given some time to talk and support their opinion.
- To wrap up, volunteers are invited to share their opinions with the whole group.