Get Going with Grammar: Games for practising grammar
Get Going with Grammar has been specially created to encourage students to practise specific grammar points through games. Teacher’s Notes are provided for every game. There is a built-in adaptability component to these games: you can use the game provided or play one of the suggested variations. For many of the games, templates have been provided that allow the teacher to make his or her own version.
Grammar points covered include:
- adverbs of frequency
- comparatives and superlatives
- countable and non-countable nouns
- gerunds and infinitives
- parts of speech
- passive voice
- phrases and clauses
- present perfect tense
- tag questions
- verb tenses
- 25 photocopiable games to motivate and inspire students to improve specific grammar points
- Teacher’s notes for each game, with suggested variations to the game
- Templates for teachers and students to create their own versions
1 Jan 1999
Number of pages: 127
1: Quantifier Quest
2: How Often Do You Think About Me?
3: You’re It, Aren’t You?
4: Checkerboard Chatter
5: Comparing Cards
6: Model Modals
7: Talking Tenses
8: Getting across the Board
9: What Did You Do Last Night?
10: How Good Have You Been?
12: Gerunds and Infinitives Game
13: A Ladder Was Taken
14: Preposition Pyramid
15: Places, Places!
16: Suffix Staircase
17: Picking Parts of Speech
19: Count and Non-Count Noun Race
20: Go Fish or Chicken?
21: The Tile Game
22: Pronoun Patterns
23: Plural Picks
24: What If?
25: Whose Ending Is It?
Jennifer Meldrum has worked in the field of English language teaching for over 15 years. She taught English in the United States, China, South Korea, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. She is also an ESOL teacher trainer.
Jennifer co-authored two photocopiable teacher resource books for Garnet Education: Get Going with Grammar and Versatile Vocabulary. Her partnership with Barbara Reimer grew out of their working relationship at UAE University, where they found themselves taking similar approaches to their ESL classes. Their common interest in games development led to their first project, which quickly led to their second. The games in their books were piloted in their own classrooms with overwhelmingly positive reviews and they decided to share them with others.
Currently, Jennifer is a teacher trainer in Boston, MA, USA and continues to work with ESL materials as an editor and writer.
Barbara Reimer has been in the ESP field for over 15 years, and has taught in Canada, Japan and the Middle East. She is currently teaching in the development program at UAE University, the national university located in Al Ain, UAE.
Barbara co-authored two photocopiable teacher resource books for Garnet Education: Get Going with Grammar and Versatile Vocabulary. Her partnership with Jennifer Meldrum grew out of their working relationship at UAE University, where they found themselves taking similar approaches to their ESL classes. Their common interest in games development led to their first project, which quickly led to a second. Having “field-tested’ these games in their classrooms, they decided to share them with others, in the hope that others would also find them useful. The overwhelminghly positive response they have received bears out this expectation. The books led to requests for presentations at TESOL Arabia, as well as several other conferences.
Barbara has just completed a new course book for the University, following the set curriculum objectives of the development program, and which focuses on topics and content specific to the region and interests of the students.
"A great book to have in any staff room and a useful resource to liven up grammar lessons."
- Ryan Horsnail, International House, Barcelona, Spain
"Excellent - especially for summer school courses. Both book were extensively used again this year."
- Harrow School, UK
"Short on time? Looking for a fun way to pre-view or review a specific grammar point with your pre-intermediate class? Get Going with Grammar is a well organised compilation of 25 grammar games dealing with specific grammar points from countable / uncountable nouns to the present perfect. Meldrum and Reimer have merged classic games like checkers and dominoes with grammar points, creating a friendly, competitive atmosphere in your classroom... This book is ideal for ESL teachers who want to minimise teacher planning time and maximise student interaction time. I'm looking forward to trying out even more games!"
- Katharina Gale for IATEFL Voices, Issue 229, November / December 2012