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English Grammar Dice ESL Writing Activity

    Teaching creative writing can be difficult for language teachers. Fortunately, Brandon Payne, a fellow teacher, shared this great writing activity for English learners in a video of which this is an article.

    Grammar Dice Writing Activity

    The Grammar Dice game is great for fluency practice, because it’s a simple, yet fun game for teachers to use in the classroom. It’s good for all levels.

    There are five kinds of self-made dices teachers could use:

    1. A 20-sided dice with all the consonants of the alphabet.
    2. A 6-sided dice (cube) with all the vowels.
    3. A tetrahedron – a triangular pyramid with 4 faces, 6 edges, and 4 vertices, in which all the faces are triangles for the numbers 1, 2, 3.
    4. A cube with transitive verbs or any verbs you wish to let the students practice.
    5. A cube with prepositions (above, about, across, against, along, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, by, down, during, except, for, from, in, inside, into, like, near, of, off, on, since, to, toward, through, under, until, up, upon, with, within.)

    How to play:

    Let the students roll the dice described above.

    For example: If the Consonant dice lands on “G,” the Vowel dice lands on “I” and the Number dice lands on the “3,” the students have to do take the following steps

    • Write down words that have both “G” and “I” in them. For example: Igloo, gorilla, intrigue, gift
    • Then, they have to use 3 of those words in a sentence: “The gorilla gives me a gift inside the igloo”.

    This is a great activity because students learn new vocabulary and practice making creative sentences. The crazier the better.

    The next level they can use the other dice to increase the difficulty.

    Remember, to review the sentences they have created to give feedback and fix mistakes.

    Enjoy this game and subscribe for future activities!

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