This is a short error correction activity and a board game to practise giving personal information about yourself, where you live, your hobbies, your job, etc. as well as to prepare students for Speaking Part 1 of the PET exam.
- To raise students’ awareness of some of the most common preposition & article mistakes they make.
- To correct mistakes in sentences 1-14 (I can’t believe I said that Worksheet).
- To practise giving personal information.
- To encourage peer correction.
Materials (Click on the worksheets below to download the PDF files):
- I can_t believe I said that Worksheet, one per student.
- Blah Blah PET Part 1 board game and a die, one per pair or group of 3.
- Give students a copy of I can’t believe I said that Worksheet (This exercise is based on the mistakes my own students made when we did this activity last week).
- Individually ask students to correct the mistakes in sentences 1-14. Tell students to concentrate ONLY on the prepositions and articles.
- When the students have finished, ask them to check their answers with a classmate. Together they must decide on an answer and agree: this increases talking time and requires repetition of the language.
- Check together as a class. The class must decide as a group what they believe the correct answer to be. As teacher, only write their final answers on the board, do not tell them if they are correct or not at this stage. Once they have discussed and agreed on all of their answers as a class, tell them how many (if any) they have wrong – do not tell them which ones are wrong. As a class, they must review all of the questions and decide which one(s) they think is incorrect.
- Put the students in pairs or groups of 3 and give them a copy of Blah Blah PET Part 1 board game and a die.
- Players take it in turns to throw the die twice – the first throw indicates which column they should use, and the second throw indicates which row, to obtain the question.
- The player must then answer the question from that square. Encourage students to give more than just short one or two word answers. Ask the other students to pay CLOSE attention and write down any preposition or article mistakes they think their classmate made.
- The game continues in a circle going left.
- At the end, ask the students to share if they have noticed any incorrect use of articles and prepositions and go through their notes with the rest of the class.