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Third Person -s in Relative Clauses and Job Vocabulary

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Play this card game in groups of three or four. Shuffle the cards and place them in the middle face down. Player 1 takes a card and asks the question on the card. Player 2 and 3 try to guess the answer first. Player 1 gives the card to the first player to guess correctly. The player to the left takes the next turn. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner.

This game promotes vocabulary development and a greater control and awareness of the use of the Simple Present third person singular -s in complex sentences. Many learners either fail to notice the conjugation of verbs in the second half of complex sentences or fail to pronounce the -s ending. The repetitive nature of the question "What do you call someone who?" in the the first half of the question allows learners to automatize the question stem, freeing the cognitive resources needed to attend to the conjugation and pronunciation of the -s ending in the second half. Encouraging self and peer correction can help to eliminate this error by the end of the game. A preview of vocabulary can help learners guess more effectively and make the game more enjoyable.

You get 6 pages with 12 cards on each page with clues like "What do you call someone who studies the stars?" The answer is "An astronomer." Each of the 72 cards has an original black and white line drawing illustration by Pat Stephens.
Total Pages
14 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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