In a previous post I listed 7 practical ways of checking understanding. Now it’s the time to put these ideas into practice.
Just to quickly remind you what they were:
Do you understand?
Below is a list of 10 sentences. The underlined phrases represent the target language whose meaning you have already presented (for ideas on presenting and clarifying meaning of target language read this post). However, now you want to check and make sure that the students have actually grasped the meaning.
Use each of the 7 techniques for checking understanding at least one. Justify why you decided to choose this particular technique and not a different one (as described in the previous post, some lend themselves better than others to certain language issues).
I haven’t posted my suggestions, because I’d like to hear from you in the comments section. I don’t want to influence your choices either. I’m also hoping I can learn a lot myself from your ideas and suggestions. Finally, for each example there’s definitely more than one correct answer, so it should be interesting to see how different teachers approach each language point.
If you don’t have time to do all 10, choose the examples that interest you most, or that are the most tricky.
Good luck! Looking forward to your suggestions and comments!
- He’s sleeping under the table. vs. He always sleeps under the table.
- I have to put up with lazy students.
- I used to live in Poland.
- He can take off any accent.
- I’ve been drinking since midday.
- I hope we’ll have finished this exercise by 2pm.
- I’m still not used to the traffic here.
- That can’t have been him.
- He swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
- Should you have any doubts, please do not hesitate to contact me.