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Putting some fun back into grammar

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Putting some fun back into grammar

  1. 1. info@celt.edu.gr Marisa Constantinides & George VassilakisMarisa Constantinides & George Vassilakis CELTA & Delta Course Tutors at CELT AthensCELTA & Delta Course Tutors at CELT Athens International Teacher Development CentreInternational Teacher Development Centre
  2. 2. info@celt.edu.gr Challenge Infinitive of purpose or gerund
  3. 3. info@celt.edu.gr Guess!        1 Your brother always phones you on your birthday. Yesterday was your birthday but he didn’t phone you.               He can’t have ______________________________.               He must have ______________________________. Try to guess how your teacher has completed these sentences. You get a point for every answer which is the same as or similar to your teacher’s answer.
  4. 4. info@celt.edu.gr Play! A. Your cousin told you she was going to marry a Hollywood actor. She can’t have ______________________________. She must have ______________________________. B. Yesterday you ate seafood in a restaurant. You’ve been sick all night and you feel terrible. I must have _________________________________. They might not have _________________ . Deductions / speculations via past modals
  5. 5. info@celt.edu.gr Keep Talking! Used to + infinitive
  6. 6. info@celt.edu.gr Improvise -ed vs –ing adjectives
  7. 7. info@celt.edu.gr Prrrrrrrrrr.   Ring ring…   Hello?   Bzzzzzz!!!!    Ouch!! Look at the pictures & cluesLook at the pictures & clues Guess the story by askingGuess the story by asking Questions; the Teacher canQuestions; the Teacher can only answer with a YES or NO!only answer with a YES or NO! YOU HAVE 4 MINUTES ONLY!YOU HAVE 4 MINUTES ONLY! Use the answers to WRITE orUse the answers to WRITE or TELL storyTELL story Read story on next page & voteRead story on next page & vote for one closest to original!for one closest to original! Look at the pictures & cluesLook at the pictures & clues Guess the story by askingGuess the story by asking Questions; the Teacher canQuestions; the Teacher can only answer with a YES or NO!only answer with a YES or NO! YOU HAVE 4 MINUTES ONLY!YOU HAVE 4 MINUTES ONLY! Use the answers to WRITE orUse the answers to WRITE or TELL storyTELL story Read story on next page & voteRead story on next page & vote for one closest to original!for one closest to original! Tell a story
  8. 8. info@celt.edu.gr It was my birthday and at 8 o’clock I started getting ready for my birthday party. I had already laid the table and put out all the food and drinks. Then, I got in the bathtub and relaxed. I was singing happily when the phone rang. I stepped out of the tub quickly to run to the phone but unfortunately I slipped on a water puddle and fell down. Ouch! That hurt! I got up and picked up the phone, but by the time I had picked it up it was dead. I was going back to the bathroom, when the doorbell rang. I went to the door and opened it. A young man from the flower shop was there with a beautiful bunch of roses. I read the note. My friends at school had remembered my birthday! How wonderful! I ran back inside to put them in a vase but as I was unwrapping the flowers my cat got in the way, I tripped over it, fell down again and then a bee flew out of the flowers and stung me on the nose! By the time my friends arrived, I had already left for hospital! Tell a story Past simple, past progressive, past perfect simple
  9. 9. info@celt.edu.gr Get yourself out of trouble The final exam papers are gone!!!! The police say it happened between 6 andThe final exam papers are gone!!!! The police say it happened between 6 and 8 last night.8 last night. Everyone thinks you and your friend are guilty. Leave the room and decide onEveryone thinks you and your friend are guilty. Leave the room and decide on ALL your actions between 6 and 8.ALL your actions between 6 and 8. Then come back.Then come back. Questions – Answers in Past Simple & Progressive
  10. 10. info@celt.edu.gr Act it out morning explain doing typing reading stupid came letters finished sir three which A minute
  11. 11. info@celt.edu.gr Act it out Present Perfect Simple & Continuous
  12. 12. info@celt.edu.gr
  13. 13. info@celt.edu.gr Most coursebooks and grammar materials….
  14. 14. info@celt.edu.gr Tickle my funny boneTickle my funny bone fill take enlarge manicure cut check dry clean pull out wash measure test style clean perm •hairdresser’s •dentist’s •optician’s •photographer’s •dry cleaner’s Describing services - have something done
  15. 15. info@celt.edu.gr The crazier the betterThe crazier the better You can have your ______ _________ at the
  16. 16. info@celt.edu.gr Mingle Find someone who can… Name 1 … touch their nose with their tongue 2 … wink with both eyes (not blink!) 3 … name 20 colours 4 … sing a Beatles song by heart 5 … touch their knees with their nose can you – yes I can/no, I can’t expressing ability
  17. 17. info@celt.edu.gr What does grammar learningWhat does grammar learning involve?involve? • Noticing Input  Intake • Structuring Hypothesis formation and testing • Synthesis Integrating new language within a system • Fluency Spontaneous production
  18. 18. info@celt.edu.gr Fostering grammatical development •Making the forms stand out in the input material •Making the input memorable •Encouraging playfulness •Contextualising and personalising •Creating affordances •Going beyond discrete forms / beyond the sentence
  19. 19. info@celt.edu.gr • thrives within constraints • benefits from the paradox • is triggered by what is unusual • dies when things get too normal • is sparked off by humour • is revived by exaggeration CreativityCreativity
  20. 20. info@celt.edu.gr ContextualisedContextualised paradoxicalparadoxicalparadoxicalparadoxical MemorableMemorableMemorableMemorable EmotionalEmotional Beyond sentence levelBeyond sentence levelPersonalPersonalPersonalPersonal humoroushumoroushumoroushumorous exaggeratedexaggeratedexaggeratedexaggerated
  21. 21. info@celt.edu.gr ContextualisedContextualised paradoxicalparadoxicalparadoxicalparadoxical MemorableMemorableMemorableMemorable EmotionalEmotional Beyond sentence levelBeyond sentence levelPersonalPersonalPersonalPersonal humoroushumoroushumoroushumorous exaggeratedexaggeratedexaggeratedexaggerated
  22. 22. info@celt.edu.gr Website www.celt.edu.grWebsite www.celt.edu.gr Email info@celt.edu.grEmail info@celt.edu.gr TwitterTwitter http://twitter.com/Marisa_Chttp://twitter.com/Marisa_C BlogsBlogs http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org/http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org/ http://cambridgedelta.org/http://cambridgedelta.org/ http://cambridgecelta.org/http://cambridgecelta.org/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/celtathens/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/celtathens/ Thank you for listening

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