Some games to help teach grammar to teenagers and young learners.
One approach to teaching grammar, which is especially successful with teenagers, who enjoy more independence and have more English in their heads, is the discovery method.
For the use of ‘the’ with proper nouns, cut up the following:
- Jumble them up and hand the words to groups of 3 or 4 students.
- Ask them to organise the words into groups of three and tell you what the groups are e.g. cities, mountain ranges.
- Divide the groups into those which take ‘the’ and those which don’t.
- Come up with the rules = cities do not take ‘the’, plural countries like Netherlands take ‘the'.
- Ask students to expand the activity into: shops, hotels, cinemas, streets… and write up the rules on big sheets of paper to put onto the classroom walls.
Students have been allowed to notice patterns for themselves and come up with ‘rules’.
More ideas for teaching grammar from Macmillan
Nice practice activities for younger students:
- Play games with English 1 and 2 by Colin Granger
An excellent book, especially for teaching older children and adults is:
- Uncovering Grammar by Scott Thornbury
DownloadsClick link to download and view these files
Teenagers: Grammar: Can you touch...?: Teacher's notesPDF, Size 39.84 kb
Teenagers: Grammar: Can you touch...?: Worksheet 1PDF, Size 45.96 kb
Teenagers: Grammar: Can you touch...?: Worksheet 2PDF, Size 40.42 kb
Teenagers: Grammar: Can you touch...?: Worksheet 3PDF, Size 53.83 kb
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