Grammar Banging for English Beginners - Lesson Plan

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While old-fashioned, I still find what I call "grammar banging" (intensive grammar review sheets) useful at the end or beginning of the year. The end of year calls for exam preparation and the beginning calls for some review to raise awareness of what has already been learnt and where problems still lie. The sheets provided in these "grammar banging" reviews are very effective because each question focuses on one important, specific area.

Aim: Grammar review of the most important intermediate level English tenses, structure and functions

Activity: Grammar banging multiple choice review lesson with each question focusing on a specific point

Level: Beginner

Outline:

  • This is straight-forward stuff. Make the copies and give them to the students.
  • Have each student do the sheet by him/herself.
  • Ask students to compare answers and discuss differences, each student trying to explain his/her choice.
  • Correct sheet as a class. Review each grammar point quickly - you should get a lot of "Oh, yeah....".
  • Give the students an unmarked copy of the same exercise to repeat at home to solidify the review exercise.

Choose the correct word to fill in the gap

1. Are there ______ apples in the kitchen?
A) much  B) any  C) some

2. That is _____ interesting book.
A) the  B) a  C) an

3. I went ______ church last Sunday.
A) at  B) in  C) to

4. What _____ he like? - He is very friendly.


A) does  B) did  C) is

5. I ________ a new car last month.
A) bought  B) have bought  C) buyed

6. How ________ money do you have in your pocket?
A) many  B) few  C) much

7. He came ______ home late last night.
A) -   B) at  C) to

8. Jack is a nice boy, and I like _____.
A) -  B) him  C) his

9. I get up ______ seven o'clock every day
A) in  B) on  C) at

10. I enjoy __________ music.
A) listen  B) listen to  C) listening to

11. What __________ in your free time?
A) you do  B) do you do  C) are you doing

12. My father _______ in a bank.
A) works  B) work  C) is working

Explanations

Here are some explanations you can provide to students for the results of this grammar banging quiz.

1. Use 'any' in questions and for negative sentences. Use 'some' for positive sentences.

Do you have any time today?
There isn't any milk in the fridge.
I have some money in the bank.

2. Use 'a' or 'an' for something that you know about, but that those you are speaking to do not know about. Only use 'the' when everybody understands which object, idea, place, you are referring to.

I have a home in Oregon. (I know which home, but you do not!)
The explanation for this answer is simple. (You and I know which explanation I am referring to)

3. Use the preposition 'to' with verbs of movement such as 'go', 'drive', 'walk', etc. 

She went to the school.
He drove to the mall.
They walk to work every day.

4. The question 'What is he like?' uses 'like' as a preposition and asks about character. The question 'What does he look like?' asks about looks and features.

What's he like? - He's very friendly and interesting.
What does he look like? - He's tall and handsome.

5. 'Buy' is an irregular verb. Irregular verbs must be learned. Regular verbs end in 'ed' in the past.

buy - bought (irregular)
listen - listened (regular)

6. Use 'how much' with uncountable nouns and 'how many' with countable nouns for questions.

How much time do you have?
How many friends does he have?

7. Do not use a preposition with the noun 'home' with verbs of movement. This is an exception to the rule.

He walked home yesterday. (exception)
He walked to the store. (rule)

8. 'Him' is an object pronoun used as the object of verbs.

He went to school. (he - subject pronoun)
I visited him last week. (him - object pronoun)

9. Use 'at' with specific times of the day. Use 'in' with months and years. Use 'on' with days of the week.

She gets up at seven o'clock. (time)
I was born in April. (month)
They work on Saturdays. (day)

10. Use the 'ing' form of the verb for a verb that follows 'enjoy'.

I enjoy listening to music.
She enjoys playing tennis.

11. Use the helping verb 'do' in questions followed by the subject and the main verb. In this question, 'do' is both the helping verb and the main verb.

Where does she live? (does - helping verb)
What do they do in the afternoon. (do - helping verb AND main verb)

12. Use 's' with 'he', 'she', 'it' in the present simple, as well as with names of people.

Peter works in Chicago. (Peter = he)
She lives with her mother. 

If you and your class found this lesson helpful, you'll find Grammar Banging 2 and Grammar Banging 3 helpful as well.