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SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Niigata's English Connection (1993)


GRAMMAR: 'Can" helping verb

EXAMPLE: I can fly.

DATE ADDED: Apr 28, 2010


    Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)Ô


10-15 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:   Students make their own sentences using "Can you...?" and then race to ask/answer questions to/from the teachers.




  1. After handing out the attachment to each student, they spend about five minutes making six "Can you...?" sentences.
  2. Once finished, in pairs, they ask their partner their questions and must write the reponse given on their handout.
  3. Next, divide the class into three big teams. Each student in the team must ask the ALT/JTE a "Can you...?" question and one of the teachers must answer them. NOTE: slow learners can reference their handout for assistance.
  4. Each team is timed using a stopwatch and the winning team is the one with the fastest time.



      • This activity can be reversed so that the teachers ask the questions to the students.
      • For smaller classes, instead of splitting the class into teams, have them remain solo-person teams. And, instead of students asking one question, have them ask 3-4 "Can you...?" questions.
      • It can easily be adapted to fit the needs of other grammar points: "What do you like?", "What time do you...?", etc.



        • This activity works well as a quick comprehension check after this grammar point has been taught.


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