Humanising Language Teaching
Pick 12 to 16 typically and importantly flawed sentences from your students'
Pair the students in your class and give each pair an "auction sheet"
Now go into auctioneer/huckster mode and start auctioning off the sentences, showing as much enthusiasm for the flawed as for the perfect sentences:
" I have a beautiful sentence on offer here, a real jewel of a sentence:
' I am here since Friday' has been brought by the gentleman in the blue shirt for 1300 roubles and it is grammatically wrong . It should be ' I've been here since Friday'.
Now the next item I have here is a long , tasty, excellent sentence……..
Auction each sentence and keep the pace brisk and unteacheriffic.
When the auction is concluded go back and deal with any language points left hanging.
This exercise was first published in Grammar Games, Rinvolucri, CUP in the mid- eighties and became very popular in UK EFLK schools. It almost achieved the same classical status as exercises like Find some one who….( introduced into EFL by Gertrude Moskowitz in Caring and Sharing in the Foreign Language Classroom that came out in 1978.)
Why should an exercise that was useful in the mid 80's not be useful today?
Fashion is an ass.