Re-imagining the grammar classics: The personalized gap fill
This is the first in a series of blog posts in which I’ll present a range of activities that can be used in class with minimal – or even no – preparation at all. Most of these activities revolve around reviewing or extending grammar structures, and as such are designed to be as flexible as possible and thus usable in many different situations. First up we look at a way of personalizing gap fill exercises so that they work in a more meaningful and motivational way in your language class. The personalized gap fill Gap fills are probably the most common type of exercise in the language classroom. Nevertheless, they are also the most boring and uninspiring. What do you need? If you want to do this in the simplest way possible all you need is a pen and a board. Personalizing your gap fill will have a positive effect on your class! Setting things up for version 1 Learners copy down the sentences, fill in the gaps with the words and then decide if they are true or false. Adam __________ in Istanbul.
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