This is an activity for (lower) intermediate students to review some of the most common mistakes they make. The students correct the mistakes individually, write sentences that are true for them and interview their partners. The mistakes in the exercise are genuine mistakes made regularly ;( by my own students.
Time: 60 minutes
- To identify and correct common mistakes made by (lower) intermediate students.
- To practise changing statements into questions.
- To develop fluency and confidence in speaking.
Materials (Click on the worksheet below to download the PDF file):
- Write I have 2 childrens on the board and in pairs, or groups, ask students to highlight the error and correct it.
- When they have finished, ask them what the error was and underline it on the board. To the right of the sentence, ask them to write gramatically correct sentences that are TRUE for them. e.g. I don’t have any children, I have one child, I have two children etc. Go through them together and clear up any doubts.
- Then, in their pairs or individually, ask students to change the statement into a question, e.g. Do you have any children? How many children do you have? Write their examples on the board.
- Clarify understanding and explain any incorrect suggestions.
- Give each student Can you see the error of your ways threequel… or display it on the screen if you are using Zoom and individually ask students to circle the mistakes in sentences 1 to 30.
- When they have finished, check together as a class.
- Individually, students then write correct sentences in the second column, making each statement true for them, as per the example ( if you are using Zoom ask students to make notes on a piece of paper and when they are finished copy the examples on the board).
- Check together as a class.
- Individually, ask students to change the statements from the first column into questions and write them down in the third column, as per the example.
- Monitor closely. When they have finished, they check the answers with a partner.
- Explain any mistakes on the board.
- Then, put students into pairs, or groups of three, and ask them to interview each other using the questions.
- If students need more practice, ask them to switch pairs / groups and repeat the process.
- Ask students to write down 4 things they have learned about their classmates.