Grammar teaching can be a dull affair unless you liven up your lessons with a little creativity. You can even bring to life the topic of adverbs with some thought and planning. Using online resources, a fresh slant on old teaching methods and even role play, you can give your lessons sparkle.
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Use the BBC
The British Broadcasting Site does far more than simply broadcast. It also creates a plethora of educational resources for people of all ages and educational levels. Their adverbs resources help learners to recognise adverbs and work out what function they are serving within a phrase, sentence or larger passage of text. The importance of spelling adverbs correctly and the odd issue of irregular adverbs are also topics covered.
Try some enchanted learning
Enchanted Learning has a selection of activities and worksheets on adverbs. These resources include a staggering array of adverbs in their adverbs vocabulary word list. There are adverbs for every letter of the alphabet except “X.” Print out the list and display it prominently so students can refer to it. You can use this very useful list, in connection with the other resources, to approach the subject of adverbs in new ways.
Creatively presented spelling tests for particular groups of words help to focus learners’ minds more specifically on the learning goals. Simultaneously, their ability to reproduce words with accuracy in their written work is developed. Instead of simply reeling off a list of words in the test, read out a sentence with a missing word, such as: “I drove to work - something.” Learners have to think of an adverb that fits then spell their chosen word correctly to get the mark.
Give your students a highlighter pen and have them mark all the adverbs on the front page of a newspaper. They may be surprised to see just how many are present. Now have them read aloud one or two stories without the adverbs. Compare the non-adverb versions of the stories with the original versions to see just how much subtle meaning is conveyed through the use of adverbs.
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