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little sage Jun 8th, 2005 09:36 am

Sentence Stems: A Speaking Practice Activity
 
This activity either comes from a book called "Keep Talking " or one called "Grammar Practice Activities", (I can't remember which) both published by Cambridge and written by Penny Ur. Or, I should say, this is how I remember it.

GOAL : To review many structures. To allow free talking in pairs. To practice asking follow-up questions. To do some group bonding. AH! Shucks! :o
LEVEL: Any.
GROUP SIZE : Minimum 6 people. More people, more interesting.
TIME : 25 minutes minimum.
AGE GROUP: Adults or adult-like teenagers ie. any group who can do pair work with little supervision.
PREPARATION : A list of 10-12 sentence stems on topics that interest your students. Topics that allow a range of answers work best. One copy per student.
MATERIALS : Worksheets. Chairs. A bell or timer.


METHOD

1) Prepare a list of unfinished sentences and give one copy to each student in class.

2) Allow 10 minutes or so for students to complete, in writing, the sentences using true facts about themselves. **Check for comprehensibililty before starting pair work.

3) Arrange chairs in two rows, pairs facing each other.

4) Have students seat themselves with a partner. Tell them they will have 3 minutes to talk on the first topic.

5) Student A reads her sentence and student B asks more questions about it. Reverse roles.

6) After 3 minutes, ring a bell or clap loudly. Students must change partner and start on topic 2.

7) Continue rotating this way until all topics have been discussed or every student has spoken with every other classmate.

FOLLOW UP : Return to normal seating arrangements and ask the group to remember and share the most shocking, most unusual, funniest, etc. thing they learned about a classmate today. If time allows, discuss errors or prepare a correct-the-error worksheet for review next class.

POSSIBLE SENTENCE STEMS :

I have never ...
I'd like to visit ...
Some day I am going to...
I am happiest when I ...
I like people who...
I'd like to be more... and less ...
A good boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife will always...
Teachers/ Parents/ Kids should always ...
My favorite book is...
I have too many ...
I get very angry when I ...
If I could be anywhere right now I'd be ...
Studying English is ...

halilaoshi Mar 3rd, 2006 01:32 am

Re: Sentence Stems: A Speaking Practice Activity
 
Nice game to motivate chinese students

musica Nov 29th, 2006 01:06 pm

Re: Sentence Stems: A Speaking Practice Activity
 
These would also be great starting points for other writing activities.
You could put the sentence starter on the boards\ and do a class brainstorming session, adding ideas as they are presented.

Another idea kids love is a class book. Have each student complete the sentence, say, 'I am happiest when.....' and illustrate their sentence. Have someone or a set of partners create a cover and put all the pages together for a class book. Students love reading these books as there is a simple repeated pattern to each page, and a picture to help read the other words.

little sage Dec 2nd, 2006 12:02 am

Re: Sentence Stems: A Speaking Practice Activity
 
Quote:

Quote musica
Another idea kids love is a class book. Have each student complete the sentence, say, 'I am happiest when.....' and illustrate their sentence... Students love reading these books as there is a simple repeated pattern to each page, and a picture to help read the other words.

I love the idea of making a class book out of one repeating pattern. That's a very cool idea for little ones, and I think it would make a nice gift around Christmas, too. I miss teaching kids!

musica Dec 5th, 2006 03:32 am

Re: Sentence Stems: A Speaking Practice Activity
 
Yes. It is wonderful to see their faces as they 'read' the book with a friend.

Flashing Mar 27th, 2007 03:47 am

Re: Sentence Stems: A Speaking Practice Activity
 
Thanks Little sage


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