Revising texts

      When it comes to revision, this is an activity I've found time-effective and motivating. After my students have worked on three texts in the textbook and done various comprehension and grammar exercises I use this activity to revise.

      The activity goes like this:

      • First, I tell my students to read the first text we did for exactly 1 minute (I tell them not to read the whole text, just to scan the main points). When the time is up, I tell them to close the books, but they may open their copybooks.

        On the board, I had already written 5 questions they should answer:
        • What is the story in the text about?
        • Who are the people in the story?
        • What do they do?
        • What can we learn from the text?
        • What are the new words or expressions?
        • e.g. I ask them to tell me 3 important verbs, 3 adjectives, 3 prepositions...
      • I prompt their answers by writing this next to the questions:
        • The story in the text is about...
        • The people in the story are...
        • They...
        • We can learn that...


      This is important because weaker students can easily get to grips with what I ask them to do, yet more advanced students put their efforts into making more complex sentences.

      • Second, for each question I call for 3 different answers from 3 different students. That way, each student tries to give a better answer, someone combines 2 previous answers, someone gives a whole new idea of the context.
      • I praise their comments, even if they are simple. And we all benefit from this quite lively and competitive spirit in the class.


      Neskovic Milos, Serbia

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      Gulshan Huseynli's picture
      Gulshan Huseynli
      Submitted on 11 May, 2011 - 08:46

      I almost do the same thing. But I liked the idea of promting the answers by writing them on the board. I do it as a group work each group gets different  questions at least 3 of them projected on the wall.  They like to compete. Under the music they answer the questions and then we discuss it together and announce the winner group but I also praise the other group's work.