Next week in my writing class we are going to work on time order. Last week, one of the teaching points was prepositions of time. Students worked on a handout I made for them and on their own, outside of class, they did some online extercises that cover prepositions of time. The exercises that I made available to them were:
Other resources were on The Present Tense (Simple Present and Present Progressive), time expressions, time order signal words, and the Simple Past Tense (particularly irregular verbs).
For a practice paragraph we use a video from YouTube on The Free Hugs Campaign. Before viewing, students get into pairs and we go over just a few vocabulary words.
I have used this activity in the past and it really works well. It’s collaborative since the pairs write a paragraph together and I encourage them to talk about each sentence before writing it. The content of the video is lovely and, other than the music, the video has no language so the students have a good opportunity to access the language they and their partners know.
Here are a few questions I ask my students to talk about between watching the video and writing.
- Describe the man with the sign.
- At first, how did people respond to the man with the “Free Hugs” sign?
- What event or turning point caused the free hugs to begin to happen?
- What did the police do?
- After the police tried to stop the campaign, what did the people do?
- How many signatures did they get?
- What happened in the end?
- What was the main point of the video?