11 April 2021

Fill in the Blanks

Level: A2-B1

Arrangement: Individuals and pairs
Materials: Short text

This is a great way to get students to think about a story and use the grammar and practise spelling. You can use the story and gapped text below or create your own.

Tell the class a story using the following notes:

A man woke up - found his BMW had been stolen - police couldn’t find it - insurance company paid him the money to buy a replacement - few weeks later, saw an advert for a second hand BMW in the local paper - seemed a bargain and was less than the money paid him by the insurance company - went to see it - surprised - it was his car!

After hearing the story give the students the written version with gaps - there are only the first and last letters for the words. Students work alone and then in pairs to try and reconstruct the text. If students have problems filling in the gaps, read the story again slowly with pauses.


A  m_n  w__e  up  o_e  m_____g  a_d  f_____d  t__t  h_s  BMW  h_d  b__n  s____n.  He r______d  it  to  t_e  p_____e  b_t  t__y  c______’t  f__d  it.  H_s  i_______e  c_______y p__d  h_m  t_e  m____y  to  b_y  a  r________t.  A f_w  w___s  l___r  he  s_w  an a__________t  in  h_s  l___l  n______r  f_r  a  BMW.  It  s____d  an  a______e  b_____n a_d  w_s  a_____y  l__s  m___y  t__n  he  h_d  r______d  f__m  t_e  i_____e  c_____y. So, he  w__t  to  s_e  it  a_d  w_s  s_______d  to  f__d  t__t  it  w_s  h_s  o_n  c_r!

 

Here is the complete text for students to check:

A man woke up one morning and found that his BMW had been stolen. He reported it to the police but they couldn’t find it. His insurance company paid him the money to buy a replacement. A few weeks later he saw an advertisement in his local newspaper for a BMW. It seemed an absolute bargain and was actually less money than he had received from the insurance company. So, he went to see it and was surprised to find that it was his own car!

 

From Learning to Teach English by Peter Watkins.

11 April 2021

Fill in the Blanks

Level: A2-B1

Arrangement: Individuals and pairs
Materials: Short text

This is a great way to get students to think about a story and use the grammar and practise spelling. You can use the story and gapped text below or create your own.

Tell the class a story using the following notes:

A man woke up - found his BMW had been stolen - police couldn’t find it - insurance company paid him the money to buy a replacement - few weeks later, saw an advert for a second hand BMW in the local paper - seemed a bargain and was less than the money paid him by the insurance company - went to see it - surprised - it was his car!

After hearing the story give the students the written version with gaps - there are only the first and last letters for the words. Students work alone and then in pairs to try and reconstruct the text. If students have problems filling in the gaps, read the story again slowly with pauses.


A  m_n  w__e  up  o_e  m_____g  a_d  f_____d  t__t  h_s  BMW  h_d  b__n  s____n.  He r______d  it  to  t_e  p_____e  b_t  t__y  c______’t  f__d  it.  H_s  i_______e  c_______y p__d  h_m  t_e  m____y  to  b_y  a  r________t.  A f_w  w___s  l___r  he  s_w  an a__________t  in  h_s  l___l  n______r  f_r  a  BMW.  It  s____d  an  a______e  b_____n a_d  w_s  a_____y  l__s  m___y  t__n  he  h_d  r______d  f__m  t_e  i_____e  c_____y. So, he  w__t  to  s_e  it  a_d  w_s  s_______d  to  f__d  t__t  it  w_s  h_s  o_n  c_r!

 

Here is the complete text for students to check:

A man woke up one morning and found that his BMW had been stolen. He reported it to the police but they couldn’t find it. His insurance company paid him the money to buy a replacement. A few weeks later he saw an advertisement in his local newspaper for a BMW. It seemed an absolute bargain and was actually less money than he had received from the insurance company. So, he went to see it and was surprised to find that it was his own car!

 

From Learning to Teach English by Peter Watkins.

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