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.