The Island – a fun writing activity to practise linking words

Level:B1/B2, Age: Teenagers, Time: 45-55 minutes

This is a great activity from the old edition of Face2Face Intermediate for imaginative PET/FCE groups that enjoy writing stories but need help with linking words/expressions and narrative tenses. The students should have done some controlled work on these in previous classes before doing this freer activity.

 

Procedure:

1 Print/Photocopy the activity sheet and give one to each student.

2 Read through the introduction and 18 incomplete sentences with the students to clear up any vocabulary problems.

3 Put the students into pairs or small groups and tell them to complete the sentences using correct grammatical forms and interesting vocabulary.

4 When they finish the 18 sentences, ask them to write a 19th, describing what happened to the family and why they never arrived at their destination.

5 Tell the pairs/groups to exchange their stories and correct any errors they see.

6 Finally, they should give the stories back and each pair/group should read out their own story for general enjoyment and feedback.

Have fun with the activity!

THE ISLAND (1)

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by Judy Graham-Scott
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Future tenses – fun writing for teenagers

Level: A2+, B1 / Age: teenagers / Time: 20 mins

This activity is meant to help consolidate or revise future tenses.

Procedure

  1. Students get a piece of paper, draw a vertical line towards the left side of the sheet.
  2. Students are going to write 6 sentences using three different structures: going to, will, Present Continues. In each sentence they need to leave out the subject and instead draw a line on the left side of the vertical line they have drawn and continue the sentence on the right side. They also have to make sure all their sentences are 3rd person singular. Tell students to make their sentences funny or unusual but never offensive (e.g. ____________ is going to eat a snake tonight.).

3. Once they are finished writing they self-correct the sentences paying special attention to grammar (e.g. verb forms, appropriate time expressions, prepositions). The teacher monitors helping with language and making sure the content of their sentences is appropriate.

4. When they have all finished writing, students fold their paper along the vertical line and pass on their sheet to their right, making sure that the other students can’t see the sentences but the side with the gaps.

5. Once they have a different sheet students complete the gaps with the names of students in the group written in random order.

6 . They again pass the sheet to their right.

7. Students are put into groups of 3-4 and read out the funniest sentences from their sheets.

8. In a whole group feedback session each student shares what they have found out about themselves (e.g. I am going to eat snake tonight.)

It would be a good idea to stick the students’ sheets to the walls so they can reread them when they feel like it and have a laugh. Here are some of my students’ sentences.

 

In this fun and personalised way students practise learned grammar in writing. It’s a great alternative to gap fill exercises where sentences have no context and mean nothing to teenage students.

by Kasia Kępka