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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Verb tense practice with silly sentences

Aim: students have fun practicing the formation of different verb tenses.

Alliteration is a stylistic literary device identified by the repeated sound of the first consonant in a series of multiple words. Using this technique students create silly sentences that could be joined together to create a fun to read poem. 

Materials: none
Level: all 
Part A) Ask students to think of :
  • the name of a person 
  • something to eat 
  • an adjective 
  • a city, a place or  a country
... that start by a letter of their choice:

Using those words and adding any extra words they may  need,  students have to create a sentence in the verbal tense  you indicate.

Letter F in present perfect: Ferdinand, Fig, fantastic, Findlad .
Ferdinand has eaten some fantastic figs in Findland 

If students read all the sentences they have created, one after the other, the alliteradion creates the sensation of a poem. 

Part B) for higher levels. Students follow the same procedure again and add a connector to join the senteces.  Allow absurd sentences

Letter F
Fiona, french fries, forbidden, fun fair 
Ferdinand has eaten some fantastic figs in Findland but  Fiona  has preferred the forbiden french fries she had at the fun fair .

This activity was suggested by Vanessa Reis at the Barcelona,  2015 Macmillan Teachers Da and adapted by myself, Maria Zabala Peña 

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