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Grammar and Writing- Modal Verbs
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:02:10 PM »
At low levels, the curriculum typically limits how many uses of modal verbs are to be covered, which can mean limited variety of practice activities, which in turn can mean bored students. Here, I provide an entertaining activity for writing with modals.


Modals of Permission (e.g. You can go now) and Prohibition (e.g. You must not sit there) are some of the first to be learned. To give your students an authentic way to practice, you can collect pictures of signs (no smoking, no outside food or drink, concede your seat to the elderly, authorized personnel only, etc.) and have students write sentences using the appropriate modals. If you want to lower the difficulty a little, you can tell them which modals to use. Likewise, if you want to up the difficulty, don't tell them. For example, if the sign was about conceding your seat to the elderly, students could write "Only elderly people CAN sit here" as well as "You MUST NOT sit here if you're young" or "You MUST give up your seat to an elderly person." This kind of activity can provide a welcome escape from the clozes :)