Question: The way I introduce new grammar is sometimes boring for learners. What can I do?
Answer: Try using a chart.
Learners can get bored if you introduce grammar in the same way all the time. Try something different, like using a chart to communicate real information. The example below is for the past simple.
1. Create a chart
Draw a chart on the board. Get the learners to copy it into their books.
|Book / read
|Film / saw
|Sport / played
|TV programme / watched
Ask five learners questions based on the information in the chart, e.g. What was the last film you saw? What was the last sport you played? Write the learners’ names and their answers in the chart, making sure you use the target language (e.g. watched Spider-Man; played football).
3. Focus on the form and use
Ask the learners: ‘What questions did I ask?’ Elicit two or three examples. Ask learners to write them on the board. Highlight the form. Check they understand the meaning of ‘last’.
Erase the answers in the chart. Say: ‘Work in groups of four. Ask and answer questions. Write names and short answers in your chart.’ Monitor.
Tell them to write five sentences based on the information in the chart. Monitor and check the grammar.
You can use a chart to introduce different grammar with all ages and large classes.
Which grammar will you introduce and practise using a chart?