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Rush

Introduction:
A game incorporating TPR. Students rush to the appropraite answers to finish the sentence. The game is also adaptable to be used with different grammar to to teach additional collocations.

 

What is learnt?
This game is used to teach collocations. i.e. wide, narrow and broad.


Preparation:
Prepare three large cards with wide on one, narrow on the second and broad on the third.

 

How the game is played:

Clear as much space as you can in your classroom so that students have access to all the walls and ask two students to act as secretaries at the board. Stick each of your cards on one of the other three walls of the room. Ask the rest of the students to gather in the middle of the space.

 

Tell the students that you are going to read out sentences with a word missing. If they think that the right word for that sentence is wide they should rush over and touch the wide card. If they think the word should be narrow or broad they touch the respective card instead. Tell them that in some cases there are two right answers (they choose either). Tell the secretaries at the board to write down the correct versions of the sentences in full as the game progresses.

 

Read out the first gapped sentence and have the students rush to what they think is the appropriate wall. Give the correct version and make sure it goes up on the board. Continue with the second sentence etc. At the end of the strenuous part ask the students to take down the sentences in their books. A relief from running!

 

(If the students want a challenge they should get a partner and together write down as many sentences as they can remember with their backs to the board before turning round to complete their notes. Or else have their partner dictate the sentence with a 'gap' for them to try to complete.)

 

SENTENCES TO READ OUT

They used a.............. angled lens.
He looked at her with a................. smile.
The Socialists won by a............... margin.
She is very............. minded.
He speaks the language with a................. London accent.
Everybody was in.............. agreement.
You were wrong -what you said was..................... of the mark.
You had a.............. escape.
Of course they are............... open to criticism.
They went down the canal in a.................. boat.
She opened her eyes................
The news was broadcast nation.................
The path was three metres..................
The light was so bright that she................... her eyes.
Key
WIDE
BROAD
NARROW/BROAD
BROAD/NARROW
BROAD
BROAD
WIDE
NARROW
WIDE
NARROW
WIDE
WIDE
WIDE
NARROWED
 

 

Variations:
You can play this game with many sets of grammar exponents:

  • forms of the article; a, the and zero article
  • prepositions etc.

 

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Graham.J.B. for submitting this game to us.

02.01.2007. 05:30

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