This time I offer a free download of my book 444 Grammar Conversations. As the title suggests, this book contains nearly 500 speaking clues to practise grammar in conversations.
To learn a grammar point, students need to understand it and then exercise it in speaking. That is why many teachers constantly search for some speaking activities to practise a given grammar point.
444 Grammar Conversations – How to use this book
Go to the appropriate section and copy the cues there. You can adapt the questions for the use in your classroom.
I use the cues in the following ways:
- ) The simplest one is, that I print the questions for everyone and students work in pairs and read the questions and answer them.
- ) Print the questions just once for each pair and give the copy to one student in the pair. The student with the handout asks the questions and the other answers them.
- ) Print one copy for each pair and cut it in half. Each student asks their questions and answers the questions their partner asks.
- ) My favorite activity is called Clock speaking. Divide the questions into several sections and write a time instead of a number to each section. Tell the students to find a different partner for each section. Then say what time it is and students have to work with the partner they have arranged. They ask the questions and answer them.
- ) Print the questions for every student and ask them to choose 5 questions they like best. Then the students work in pairs and ask and answer the questions they have selected.
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You can download our book Grammar Up here for free. This book features a completely new way of teaching grammar so it is worth checking out.
Next week we hope to publish a post on forming questions in the past tense. As a preview you can listen to the rap song which we created for this post.
Ever since I was a boy I wanted to write and publish a book. It took over thirty years for my dream to come true.
In this post I would like to introduce the three books for learners and teachers of English which I published.
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Grammar Up is a book for learners of English who would like to improve their Grammar.
This book contains 17 short texts which you read and then you check your comprehension.
In the second step you see the text again but this time half of every second word is deleted. So for example you would see a sentence like this:
In t____ second st____ you s_____ the te______ again b____ this ti_______ half o____ every sec____ word i___ deleted.
Your task is to read the text again and complete it.
In the third step, you see a text in which all the verbs are in the infinitive form, all the prepositions are replaced by a dash (-), and all the articles are replaced by an asterisk (*). The text then looks like this:
– * second step you SEE * text again but this time half – every second word DELETE.
Your task is to read the text again and add all the missing words and forms. It might not be a bad idea to write out the text as well.
I think this kind of exercise is very useful and it will help you improve your grammar.
You can find more information about the book Grammar Up and a sample chapter here.
444 Grammar Conversations
444 Grammar Conversations is a book for teachers of English. In this book you will find over 450 questions which are divided according to the grammar used there.
My aim was to create a book with a set of questions for each grammar point. The teacher just comes and copies the questions and hands them to students. Students work in pairs and ask and answer the questions practising the grammar.
Here is a set of questions for present simple tense (not included in the book):
1. Where do you live?
2. What do you do?
3. What do you do at the weekend?
4. What food do you like?
5. When do you get up?
6. What music do you like?
7. What do you do after school?
8. What does your mother do?
9. What does your father do?
10. When do you go to bed?
11. What do you do on your mobile phone?
12. What do you want to do on holiday?
13. Do you like English?
14. What sports do you play?
15. Do you like English?
16. What do you do with your parents?
High School Stories
My last book is called High School Stories, and it contains three stories in simple English. The stories are for pre-intermediate and intermediate students and they will appeal to teenagers.
Here you can see a part of the story called Two Dates:
I have always wanted to be a writer. Ever since I was ten I dreamt of publishing a book. And on Saturday, thirty years later I did it. I published a book called 444 Grammar Conversations. This book is for teachers of English to have a set of questions they can use to practise a grammar point in a conversation. And in this post I would like to share with you ten speaking activities, you may find useful when using this book. All the following activities are based on a list of questions.
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10 Speaking Activities
In the book 444 Grammar Conversations I mention the following activities:
a) The simplest speaking activity is, that you print the questions for everyone and students work in pairs and read the questions and answer them.
b) Write the questions just once for each pair and give the copy to one student in the pair. The student with the handout asks the questions and the other answers them.
c) Print one copy for each pair and cut it in half. Each student asks their questions and answers the questions their partner asks.
d) My favorite activity is called Clock speaking. Divide the questions into several sections and write a time instead of a number to each section. Tell the students to find a different partner for each section. Then say what time it is and students have to work with the partner they have arranged. They ask the questions and answer them.
Here you can see an example worksheet for the Clock Speaking activity:
e) Give each student a copy of the questions and ask them to choose 5 questions they like. Then they work in pairs and ask only the questions they chose.
And here, there are five more speaking activities fot the book 444 Grammar Conversations :
f) One student answers a question from the list and the other has to guess which question was answered.
g) Students work in pairs and one student asks and the other has to answer for a set time (e.g. 15 seconds). In this way, students are made to speak longer.
h) Students ask and answer the questions in pairs, but they can lie. The interviewer has to guess when the speaker is lying.
i) Give each student only two questions from the set. Each student has different questions. Students mingle and ask the questions they have on their slip of paper and they answer the questions the others ask.
j) Forbidden words: Students work in pairs and they ask and answer the questions but they must not use the words YES, NO and I don´t know. (Of course you can select other words).
What do you think of the book: