Comparing, Contrasting and Little Words that Count

To help students listen to each other more carefully, we will have fun with the following pair dictation:

http://www.allenglish.org/Activities/ordinal-numberdictation-2.html

We will also use our individual whiteboards to dictate our own addresses to each other. It’s perfectly all right to say: “Repeat that, please,” and “Would you spell that for me, please?” and “Is that one word or two?”

The class will make a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two characters of Erik and Raoul in the gripping and strange story, The Phantom of the Opera.

ESL students sometimes neglect essential little words like “and” and “the.” To focus on these, they will complete the cloze exercise based on Aesop’s fable about a tortoise and a hare.

Hare = a close relative of the rabbit. The words are often used interchangeably.

Fable = a story told to teach a moral lesson. The characters are often animals, but the moral lesson is meant for people.

Cloze exercise = a written exercise where students write in some missing words.

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