Note: This page is for English teachers. Students, you can do this activity for free here: Correct the Mistakes (Intermediate)
ESL Level: Intermediate
Time Required: 15 minutes
Language Focus: Present progressive, past progressive, present perfect, 1st & second conditionals
Materials: One copy of worksheet for each pair of students
Worksheet Download: find-the-mistakes-pairwork-ESL.docx
Before you use this worksheet, make sure your students have studied the verb tenses/grammar therein. They should understand how stative verbs aren’t used in the progressive tenses. Review each of the below sentences (and modify some if you want) before doing this activity with your students (especially the first sentence for StudentB). You’ll puzzle them (and end up with a lot of questions) if it goes over their heads!
- Tell the students that you are going to say a sentence that contains an error. Then say, “I have never went to Korea.” Elicit the mistake and correction.
- Tell the students they are going to do the same thing with a partner. Put student in pairs. Have them decide who will be StudentA and StudentB. Tell them that one student will read a sentence aloud to his partner. The sentence contains an error. The partner should find the error and correct the sentence. If s/he cannot, the partner can give him/her hints. Once s/he has corrected it, it’s his/her turn to read his sentence. Continue until all sentences have been read on both students’ sheets.
- Distribute half of worksheet to each student (a StudentA or StudentB part) and let them try it.
Speaking Activity Preview:
Find the mistakes!
Student A. Read the sentences. Get your partner to correct the errors.
- It is raining when I got home last night. (It was raining…)
- My sister is annoying today. (My sister is being annoying today).
- I have not ate anything today. (I haven’t eaten anything…)
- If I am a child, I would play outside. (If I were a child, I …)
- Everyone have seen that movie. (Everyone has seen….)
- If we will be late, they will be angry. (If we are late, …)
- My father is thinking that I should stop smoking. (thinks)
- Look! It is snow. (It is snowing).
- I fell asleep while I watched TV. (I fell asleep while I was watching)
- I have lived in Canada since 10 months. (…for 10 months.)
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Find the mistakes!
Student B. Read the sentences. Get your partner to correct the errors.
- There is a warm country. (That country is warm. / It is a warm country.)
- I have not an iPhone 6. (I don’t have an iPhone 6).
- I haven’t ever been to Korea. (I haven’t been to Korea. / I have never been to…)
- The students have a good time in class today. (are having)
- John probably isn’t going to come to school tomorrow. (probably won’t come)
- If the world ended tomorrow, I will be very sad. (would be very sad)
- I still did my homework at 10:30 pm last night. (I was (still) doing…)
- He can speak Japanese because he was born in Canada. (even though / although)
- Lee afraid of snakes. (Lee is afraid of snakes.)
- The students were not interested in the lesson because it was bored. (boring)
Pair-work activities like these are a communicative way to review grammar before a test (that’s why I developed it). They are easy to make so feel free to develop your own. Good luck with your classes.
– Matthew Barton / Creator of Englishcurrent.com