If students practice conditionals in a fun way…they will remember it!

Here is a nice activity I did with my 11 graders today. I’ve used it to practice the 1st conditional but it may be applied to practicing all conditionals. I have also done this in groups of 2 or 3 students. Students can do it individually as well.

The idea is based on the following slideshow by :

After studying the conditionals, the students read the slideshow, which demonstrate a cause and effect chain of facts. Than, they create a similar slideshow, in which they create the same game but with a different story. They have to make up a story of 10 slides, add matching pictures and make it interesting or funny. My students really enjoyed.

If you want a nice game to further practice conditionals, here is a challenging Billionaire Game.

billionaire

Have fun and share your students’ work! 

 

Time to Practice…Grammar!!!

What do we usually do with grammar? The students practice in their grammar books and than we check it on the board, or the students check each other’s work. There are more options, but I always feel that it’s difficult to know that everyone learned and assimilated. 

Recently, I have started using grammar practice websites with my students. After I open the subject and explain the rules, the students practice on the website. They can also practice at home in preparation for a test or a quiz.

How does it work? Very simply, the website contains exercises and corrects the students if they are wrong. The answer is correct if they put the words in the correct form, and also if they used capital letters and punctuation marks where needed.

Not all websites, however, are very good. Here are two that are reliable.  

Important note – In order to send the students directly to the exercise you want, simply copy the URL from the top of the target page and paste it in the forum or the message. 

English Grammar Online – My personal favorite. 


This website is extremely broad and one can practice grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary and more. I will focus on the grammar section. As you can see in the picture below, there are a lot of tenses to learn and practice. 


When you click on a topic, the next page contains an explanation about the use of the tense and links to exercises. The first exercises are each on small sub-topics. They latter ones are mixed practice and even literary texts which contain the specific tense.

The students complete the exercise and click on “check answers”. They can see were they did wrong and also an explanation regarding their mistakes. They can try until everything is perfect. 

English – hilfen.de

This website is the work of a German English teacher, Joerg Poehland. It containg a lost of grammar practice, checks the exercises automatically and includes spelling, punctuation and capitalization. 

There are several difficulty levels for each topic; beginner, intermediate and experts. 

Mobile & Active learning – Irregular Verbs Practice

Over the last few months I have been teaching the simple past, present perfect and the passive in several classes. I have looked for a way that students will learn and practice the irregular verbs in a fun way. The result is here and you may use it yourselves directly from the provided links.

 Quizlet Learn and Practice (There’s a complete post on quizlet here). 

In this public link, the students can learn the words in 4 different learning methods (flash cards, learn, speller and test) and practice using two games: space race and scatter. They don’t have to sign up in order to practice.

 Quizizz mobile quiz – 4 different quizes.

On Quizizz, every teacher or student can create an online quiz which is quite fun. There are also many public quizizz on many subjects that you can copy, edit or use (watch a youtube guide).

1. Click on the link to the quiz of your choice.

2. Click “play”.

3. Click “proceed”.

A code to the game will appear on your desktop.

The students, on their mobile devices or in the computer lab, enter the link Join.quizizz.com and enter the code.

Each student is tested in his own pace. I gave 30 seconds to each question but you can change it if you register and “duplicate” my quiz.

The quizizz are:

 

Silly, So What? – Online mini-games to practice the basics.

“Interactive Sites for education” is a really cool website, which offers games in many subjects, as shown in the picture below. 

Sometimes a picture is worth a 100 words…and so is a game! Things that take a lot of time explaining become very clear through a game. For example, take this lovely mini-game from the same website, in which a fairy flies and asks the player to capitalize the sentences. she also gives feedback and teaches the rules.

The website contains a lot of games, and although some may seem silly at first, they are fun (tried them with 8th graders) and help the students internalize the rules (of the game…and the language). 

Another website where you can find original language games is topmarks.co.uk. The games are divided according to ages and topics. Look at this unique example of a word order game: In the game, Trapped, you have to rescue a bunch of people trapped in a castle, by answering word order questions. The music is intense and the animation is trully inviting. There is also a similar game about punctuation and about nouns and adjectives. 

5.7.15 update:

An extremely cool interactive board game I found. Here is the version for the present simple. The learner has to choose between 3 settings: Pirates, crocodile and space riders. They all present the same questions but in a different setting.

The learners throw the virtual dice and are asked a question. If they don’t answer correctly, they are moved back to the previous spot. It’s fun.  Under the game, on the web page, you will find the choice of grammar topics. The site itself, eslgames+, has many additional games. 


So play away…