Revising grammar

Revising grammar

Teaching tip

Try and make grammar revision fun – it can help students learn!


Simple sentences

Give each student two slips of paper and ask them to write down two simple sentences, one on each paper, for example I see the teacher or There are fifteen students in the room. (Or you could prepare the sentences beforehand.) In pairs, Student A makes a question from the sentence for example: Do I see the teacher? and Student B makes a negative sentence: I don’t see the teacher. For the next sentence, Student B makes a question and Student A makes a negative sentence.


On the board write the numbers of the dice and next to each number, the grammar point you would like to revise:


1 = present simple       2 = present progressive

3 = present perfect      4 = past simple

5 = will future               6 = past perfect.

Students work in groups of three; in turn they roll the dice and make a correct sentence using the appropriate tense. You could write some verbs on the board to help, for example: take, make, go, work, live, have

Or you could use the numbers on the dice for six different prepositions, six different interrogatives (which, why, where, who, how many and how much) or six different modals (can, can’t, must, have to, should, might).

Noughts and crosses

Draw a noughts-and-crosses frame on the board. Write the following prepositions in the squares: in, at, on, up, out, next to, with, near, opposite. Divide the class into two teams; each team ‘wins’ the square if they can create a sentence using the preposition correctly.

Verb forms

Ask each student to write down the infinitive of an irregular verb for example, go, see, buy, take (check the grammar pages for help if necessary). In turn each student calls out their verb and the first person to correctly call out the other two parts (the past simple and the past participle) gets a point.


Read out the following adverbial time markers one at a time: tomorrow, last week, yesterday, in 2010, next year, today, last Saturday, in 2030, next Christmas, last Christmas. Ask students to make a sentence using the correct tense. For example: I’m going to the cinema tomorrow or It will rain tomorrow; It snowed last week or I was on holiday last week.

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