Sunday, March 27, 2011

Activity 14- Making Contextualized Sentences

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 Do your students have a hard time using new vocabulary learned? Do they easily forget words just taught in recent lessons? Here is an effective idea that involves writing and at the same time helps them keep the new vocabulary active in their minds. This activity can be frequently used in class. 

Level: all
Skill: writing
Material needed: a notebook


From time to time ask students to pick 3 words in their books that they haven’t been using frequently and could easily forget the meaning. Have them create sentences in which those words are used. They could write 3 independent sentences or a short paragraph in which the 3 words are used in the same context.  Variation: Students may get their classmates’ notebooks and assign them three different words picked randomly. Also, the teacher can assign specific words that he or she considers important.

Tip: You can take advantage of this activity and work on grammar structures they have been learning. You can ask students to write their sentences in the present, in the past, in the future, using conditional clauses or any other grammar point that can fit this kind of activity.

Source: Vinicius Lemos

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