Cutting down Texts

Forming new grammatical sentences by eliminating words or phrases from the original:

Procedure: Take a short text of up to about 30 words (it can be from your coursebook), and write it up on the board. Students suggest any section of one, two or three words that can be cut out, while still leaving a grammatically acceptable – though possibly silly sounding – text.  Sections are eliminated as long as it’s possible to do so.

For example:

The princess was awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince

The princess was awakened by the kiss of a prince

The princess was awakened by a prince

The princess was awakened

The princess

Princess!

Variation: The students then try to reconstruct the original text.

Penny Ur – 5 minute activities

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