- Dictate two or three sentences to the class. For example, ‘There was an old woman who lived in a beautiful house in the country. She had five black cats and a dog. She loved drinking tea and watching the television’. BUT tell the students to write down the OPPOSITE of what they hear.
- The idea of ‘opposite’ here is relative, which makes the activity more interesting. For example ‘an old woman’ could become ‘an old man’, ‘a young woman’, ‘a young girl’, etc.
- After the dictation, ask students to compare their stories and see how similar or different they are. Get some volunteers to read their texts out to the rest of the class.
- To finish, tell the students to work in pairs and turn their texts back into the original version that that you dictated.
Idea taken from Gateway-25-top-tips! by David Spencer.
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