Thanks to its partnership with publisher Eye on Education, EducationWorld is pleased to present this lesson idea from Activities, Games, and Assessment Strategies for the Foreign Language Classroom, by Amy Buttner.
Grammatically Correct Nonsense Sentences is a fun and challenging activity to help students practice grammar and sentence structure.
Objective: Practice grammar in a humorous context
Materials: Blank sheet of paper (optional)
Activity Directions and Preparation Hints
This type of activity encourages your students to look at words in a more creative way. To play, students work together to form sentences that are grammatically correct but make no sense. Each student may say only one word. The first student begins with the subject and then students continue to add words going around the room in order. Students who cannot provide a word that fits in the sentence so that it is grammatically correct must sit down.
This activity works well to reinforce any grammatical topic. Limit the students to a specific tense or sentence structure to create more of a challenge. Allow any length of sentence or determine a specific requirement for the number of words in it.
Focus on descriptive sentences and require students to have at least one adjective in every sentence. Reinforce the noun-adjective order and agreement that students tend to struggle with in languages where the order is reversed as compared to English. If the order is wrong or the adjective does not agree with the noun in gender and number, the student has to sit down. This causes students to think more about applying the rules correctly. Depending on the students' level and adjective base, ask students to focus on particular types of adjectives: feelings, physical or personality traits, or size.
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