Suggested Activity to Improve Simple Present Tense

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1.A Conversation Game

The teacher shows a picture of two girls with a sentence on top (see Appendix 1) and asks them to rewrite the same sentence by filling up the gap below. The teacher elicits the word ‘both’ with the picture and also elicits how to talk about the similarities and differences (using don’t and doesn’t) with the picture. The teacher then tells that they will be playing a conversation game (see Appendix 2). The class is divided into two groups. All the students in ‘Group A’ will get a card with a set of 8 questions and a pseudo name in the lower right corner and the students in ‘Group B’ will also get a card with the same pseudo names and with the same set of questions. The teacher reminds that the rule of the game is to ask complete questions and to get complete answers from their partners using the present simple tense rule which are on the board and warns that anyone who breaks the rule will be disqualified.

The teacher then instructs that the students of ‘Group A’ should find their partners with the same name from ‘Group B’. Then the pairs must sit together and get all the answers to their questions. After gathering information, they must discuss and write a short paragraph on their similarities and differences. Once they finish each pair has to stick their paragraph on the board and who does so first within the time limit wins the game and the teacher adds that the winning pair will also receive a ‘prize’. Teacher monitors and makes any notes necessary, checking to see if they have understood. When everybody finishes, teacher sticks the paragraphs on different parts of the walls in the class and asks the students to walk around the class and read the other paragraphs. Later on, one of the students from each pair reads out their paragraph to the class and teacher elicits correction as WCFB. Finally, the teacher gives the winning pair a box of Turkish delight to be shared with the others in the class.

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