Level: mimimum beginner speaker, maximum intermediate speaker
Memorize any grammar rule for easy recall.
Semantic and syntactic accuracy, comprehensible pronunciation, recognizing collocations, improving memory
- Assign each student a rule, ONE rule, according to their relative ability in the class.
- Give students a little time to memorize their own rule.
- Instruct students to teach their classmates only their own rule, and to learn the other rules from their classmates. Give the students a roster of their classmates to guide them in working with EVERYONE.
- Allow or forbid using writing or books as necessary.
- After a reasonable amount of time, quiz the students orally.
- Depending on time permitted and student ability, break the activity up into frequent short whole-class review sessions.
- If students laugh at a student who has trouble reciting other rules, remind them that they must be terrible teachers if their classmate didn't learn!
- Administer a cloze activity for students to demonstrate mastery of the rules.
- Reteach by modeling a mneumonic on the board, such as the first letter of each word in the rule, have students complete the set of mneumonics, and review chorally according to them. Retest.
After students have had time to study, enforce closed books. Hand out or model a cloze activity for the rules, which they cooperate to complete.
Assign a small group of home-language diverse students one rule. Instruct them that they are responsible for each other's mastery of that rule. Perform mastery checks during their learning/teaching process. Then recombine students in new groups until all students have had a chance to learn all rules from their classmates.