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Ideas for using Grammar Challenge in class
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1.Prediction before listening – Give the students the title of the episode, and ask them to predict
what the Grammar Expert will say, and what mistakes the student will make. Then play the
programme so that students can check their ideas.
2.Gapfill – Give students the text of the Grammar Expert’s explanation, with key words blanked
out. Students try to work out what the missing words should be, then listen / read and check
3.Error Correction – Give the students the text of the Grammar Expert’s explanation, with
errors at key points. They try to locate and correct the errors, then listen and check their
4.Noughts and Crosses – Make a noughts-and-crosses grid, with one example of the grammar
point (taken from the Grammar Expert’s explanation) in each square. Divide the students into
two teams. When a team chooses a square, they have to respond to the example in a specified
way, or use it in a sentence. If their answer is correct, they get a nought or a cross – if not, they
skip their turn. At the end of the game, students can read or listen to the Grammar Expert’s
explanation in order to correct errors made during the game.
5.Expanded Noughts and Crosses – This game works on the same principle as Noughts and
Crosses above, but is suitable for larger classes as it involves three or more teams. Instead of a
standard 3 X 3 noughts-and-crosses grid, make a 4 X 4 grid or even a 5 X 5 grid. Divide
students into three or more teams, and instead of using the nought and cross symbols, have each
team choose its own symbol (stars, hearts and smiley faces are popular choices). Then follow
the instructions for Noughts and Crosses above.
6.Sentence Auction – Make a list of sentences from the Using the Grammar page. Pick some
correct sentences, and some with errors. Give each student (or pair of students) some ‘money’.
The students ‘bid’ on each sentence, and the highest bidder ‘buys’ the sentence. The winner of
the game is the student who buys the highest number of correct sentences. At the end of the
game, have the students look back atUsing the Grammar, and see which sentences are correct.
7.Scrambled Sentences – Take example sentences from the Grammar Expert’s explanation, and
mix the words up. The students have to re-order the words to make correct sentences. After the
exercise, students can look back at the Grammar Expert’s explanation and find the answers.