Find the Errors
Purpose: To help learners practice using correct grammar, and to develop proof-reading skills so that learners can become more independent with self-corrections
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Materials Needed: A short passage with several errors, or sentences or a worksheet with errors
Suggestion: This activity shouldn’t be a full grammar lesson. It can function as a review for previous lessons or as a warm-up at the beginning or class. You can give your learners a variety of errors to correct: word choice, word order, punctuation, capitalization, etc. depending on their level.
- In advance, prepare a worksheet or write a short text with several errors. You could even take a previous workbook activity and reproduce it with errors. The sentences or passage should practice previously studied points of grammar by having errors of that sort: word choice, word order, punctuation, capitalization, etc.
- Begin by asking learners a few review questions about whatever rules they are practicing or have learned recently. (“When do you use capital letters?” or “What is a run-on sentence? How can you fix it?”)
- Hand out the passage or worksheets. Have learners go through and correct the errors. The can work independently, in partners, or small groups.
- After the learners have completed editing the text, go through as a class and ask them to explain why they made the corrections.
- Once all of the errors have been corrected, have them write the sentences or passage correctly in their notebooks.