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Examples to accompany the Teaching Tip 'Review those drills'

A few of the more commmon oral drills

1. Repetition drill.

T: She went to the cinema.
Stds: She went to the cinema.

2. Substitution drill.

T: She went to the cinema.
Stds: She went to the cinema.
T: Theatre
Stds: She went to the theatre.
T: Disco
Stds: She went to the disco

3. Question and answer drill

T: Where did she go yesterday?
Std 1: She went to the cinema
Std 2: Where did she go on Monday?
Std 3: She went to the disco.

4. Transformation drill

T: She went to the cinema.
Stds: She's going to go to the cinema.
T: She went to the disco.
Stds: She's going to go to the disco.

5. Personalised drill

T: What does your boss make or let you do?
Std 1: He makes me work until seven o'clock.
Std 2: She makes me ....
Std 3: She lets me ....

6. Discrimination drill

T - holding pictures of people in different uniforms/job types & pictures of the same people doing their jobs. She holds up a picture & the stds respond. Present simple/continuous discrimination.
Stds: She's a teacher.
Stds: She's teaching
Stds: She's an architect.
Stds: She's drawing some plans.

 

A few techniques used when drilling

Individual drill - the teacher asks an individual to repeat the sentence.

Chorus drill - the teacher asks the class to repeat the sentence together.

Mumble drill - the stds mumble the sentence to themselves to get confident in saying it before the chorus & individual drill.

Mingle drill - the stds stand up & wander round asking & answering questions.

Backchaining - for long sentences that you are drilling to help the stds remember & say. eg.
Tch: a million pounds?
Stds: a million pounds?
Tch: if you won a million pounds?
Stds: if you won a million pounds?
Tch: What would you do if you won a million pounds?
Stds: What would you do if you won a million pounds?

Other Tips on drills:

Mumble drills
Meaningful & meaningless drills
A communicative drill?

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