How to Use the Grammar Speaking Page
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In each unit's grammar speaking page, there are pictures at the top for each sentence. Example answers are at the bottom.
You can fold the bottom half of the page under, cut it off completely, or cover the words with a book. That way students can practice saying the sentences while only looking at the pictures.
You can fold the answers under.
Familiarizing Students with the Sentences
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Go through the sentences together as a class, getting students to repeat them a few times until they are familiar with them.
Use an inductive approach to get students finding the differences between the sentences. This helps them pay attention to the different changes in grammar. Check out this article for more information on this Larry-Ferlazz0-favored teaching method.
With each sentence, you can also have students use TPR (total physical response) with each sentence, sing them, or chant the sentences with a fun clapping pattern--whatever gets them saying the sentences a lot.
Checking In Individually
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Goal: Each student can get a bronze, silver or gold speaking medal.
Now that students have had a fair amount of practice with the sentences, you can set out the number of questions and answers a student needs to say in order to get a bronze, silver or gold medal.
(The #s next to the medals on the speaking page are there for reference. Feel free to adjust for your own context.)
- Students can choose how they want to practice—by themselves, with a partner, on paper, or saying them quietly to themselves.
- When a student is ready, that student attempts to say the sentences to you while only looking at the pictures.
- If he or she can do it, circle the appropriate medal and sign or stamp at the bottom.
- If not, that student goes back to practice some more.
Note: Students who get a bronze or silver medal, but still have time can go for the next medal up.
Note: Have a worksheet or activity ready for students who finish quickly so that they keep busy. You can also have stronger students help weaker students practice their sentences.
Note: If you have a lot of students or need time to coach weaker students yourself, you can have stronger students listen to students say their sentences and stamp their papers. This frees you up entirely to be a coach or a cheerleader.
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