Saturday, 24 June 2017

Grammar Collection: Noun Suffixes

Grammar Collection: Noun Suffixes
Verbs can be made from nouns using a few, simple suffixes such as -ate, -ion, -tion and 
Noun Suffixes (the activity) includes a running dictation to introduce the suffixes, a board game to practice using them and a worksheet for consolidation.

A set of instructions has been included with the PDF, so I won't go into too much detail here. The activities should last at least 20 minutes but might need a few other activities to pepper your lesson with, but all you need is here to download.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Grammar Collection: Personali-Tea

Grammar Collection: Personali-Tea

It is time, once again for another board game to help your students practice their grammar.

This time it is for Adjectives of Personality and probably best used for adults, or teens, in upper intermediate to advanced classes. Some of the adjectives aren't very common or particularly simple.
Students roll the dice and move their piece around the board. When they land on a square it will tell them a person, e.g. their mother or brother. They then choose one of the personality cards (that you can also use to pre-teach any vocabulary and play other games with). Once they have the person and the adjective, they make a sentence with a reason for their answer. For example, they land on "brother" and choose "selfish" from the cards. So they produce a sentence similar to "my brother is selfish because he never shares his toys" or "my brother isn't selfish because he gives me all his old toys".

All you have to do is print the two pages of adjectives cards and the one board game page, cut up the cards and shuffle them. There is a space on the board for them to sit, face down, and ready to be chosen.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Grammar Collection: #questiontags

(don't forget, you can click on the Grammar Collection logo above, to be taken to the Grammar Collection Page)

Grammar Collection: #questiontags

We can ask a question i.e. "Do you like coffee?" if we don't know a piece of information and want to find it out or, if we think we know the piece of information but just want to check we are correct, we can use a statement followed by a question tag i.e. "you like coffee, don't you?"

Everyone reading this should, by now, know that Matt-Erials loves nothing more than a good, old fashioned board game to practice any grammar or vocabulary point.

#questiontags is, as you may have guessed, is such a board game for practicing question tags. Each square (or tag) includes a question tag. All the students have to do, as they move around the board, is to think of a statement to go with the particular question tag they land on and direct it towards a student on either their left or right (you, as the teacher, should decide which one before the game starts).

Friday, 2 June 2017

Grammar Collection: Present Perfect For and Since Board Game

Grammar Collection: Present Perfect For and Since Board Game

For and since can be difficult for many students to grasp but, as usual with learning English, practice makes perfect.

Present Perfect For and Since Board Game (a snappy title I know...) allows your students to practice using both "for" and "since" in a nice, communicative and controlled way. All they have to do is move around the board, read the sentences and fill in the gaps using "for" or "since". Most activities will involve writing, not speaking. This is the other way around.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Grammar Collection: Triple Pelmanism Irregular Verbs

Grammar Collection: Triple Pelmanism Irregular Verbs

With so much of the English language, there are rules that can be followed and learnt to help the students. Irregular Verbs, however, aren't like that. There is no rule to learn or follow and they need to, quite simply, be learnt.

I am sure you've all played a pelmanism game with your students, they have to turn over card and match pairs of words or pictures and collect the matching ones.

Triple Pelmanism works in just the same way. Except, the students have to find sets of three cards, matching all three forms of the irregular verbs. There are eighteen sets of verbs, which gives you a total fifty four cards for your students to search through, memorise and maybe even learn. I have chosen a light, not terribly easy font to read, to make it harder for the students to see through the paper and cheat (as they tried to do when I initially tried out this idea in the classroom).

Monday, 15 May 2017

4th Birthday Questionnaire

As you may be aware, Matt-Erials has been running for nearly 4 years now! July will be the birthday month and there will be a new activity released everyday for the entire month.

But, before then, could I ask you to fill in this short questionnaire for some valuable, much needed feedback? I would love to hear your thoughts on the blog and activities and start making changes (if we need to) based on your answers! 

Just click on the image below and answer the 6 easy questions, it really shouldn't take you long and I really would appreciate it!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Grammar Collection: SUPERlatives

Grammar Collection: SUPERlatives

SUPERlatives is a card game for practicing, guessed it, the superlative form of adjectives.
All you have to do is print and cut the cards (you might want to use the card backs provided, to strengthen the cards and make them harder to see through). Oh, and shuffle them!
Then have your students take a card and choose a noun and an adjective beginning with the letter on their card. They must then make a sentence, using the noun and superlative form. So, for example, they might choose "B". They then produce the sentence "Betty is the Best student in this class!". Or, if they choose "E", "Egypt is the most energetic country in Northern Africa". I know these aren't the best examples, but it's a Friday night and my head is tired, but you get the idea...

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

4th Birthday

ESL-Matt-Erials will be turning 4 in July!

At some point in the next week there will be a short questionnaire for you to fill in and help Matt-Erials become even better as it heads into the fifth year (please fill this out when you see it).

But, most importantly, to celebrate such a big birthday, for such a little blog, and to say thank you to all of you hard working, dedicated and amazing teachers...there will be a brand new activity released every day for the ENTIRE month of July!! So be sure to remember and come back to visit every single day!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Grammar Collection: Never Have I Ever - The Present Perfect Board Game

Grammar Collection: Never Have I Ever - The Present Perfect Board Game

We all use the present perfect (sometimes called the present perfect simple) a lot. We use the question  form when we are talking about experiences and finding out more information about new people.

"Never Have I Ever" gives your students a chance to practice (in a controlled way) asking and answering present perfect questions. They move around the board and ask the student to their left a question, depending on what is on the board. Their are a few squares that will lead to some comical questions and answers, so be prepared for some giggling and chuckling in the classroom!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Grammar Collection: Subject and Object Questions Board Game

Grammar Collection: Subject and Object Questions Board Game
When we ask a question we, usually, want to know the object. For example;

"What did she eat?"
"She ate a pie!"

The object is the answer, pie. This is an object question. But, sometimes, what we want to know is the subject of the answer. For Example;

"Who ate the pie?"
"She ate the pie."

The subject is in the answer, she. This is a subject question. Both forms of question are perfectly good, but we do use them slightly differently.

Subject and Object Questions Board (imaginatively titled I know...) gives your students a chance to practice both. Each square contains an answer, or information, they then have to form the corresponding subject question, if they roll a 1, 2 or 3, or the corresponding object question, if they roll a 4, 5, or 6. Great as controlled practice for groups of teens or even adults!