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Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy!
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Purpose: To promote better grammatical accuracy.

Info: Some students just like to speak and speak and speak. They give little consideration to grammatical accuracy. This activity places emphasis on this essential component for success. However, Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy is not recommended for beginners because of their inability to speak at length. The activity isn't recommended for classes with more than ten students.


Step One: The teacher prepares a list of questions around a topic or grammar structure before the start of the class. There should be at least five questions. However, if the students are lower-level, there should be as many as ten questions because conversations will tend towards the short side.

Step Two: It's recommended that the teacher arranges the class as below. He should also select one student in each group to begin the discussion.

Less than eight students in the class: Keep everyone together in one large group.
8 - 10 students: One group together or two equal groups which the teacher can monitor.

Step Three: The teacher writes the first question on the board. One student begins the discussion. If he speaks for thirty seconds without any grammar mistakes, then he receives a point. If he speaks for another thirty seconds, then he receives a second point. This continues until another student begins speaking. If at any time the student makes a mistake, then no points are awarded and the clock is reset.

It's important for the teacher to accurately monitor how long students talk so as to correctly award points. In addition, any error above the ability level of the student should be ignored. For lower-level students, thirty seconds can be reduced to ten or fifteen seconds.

Step Four: The teacher continues with the question until the conversation begins to lag or moves far off topic. A pre-decided amount of time may also determine a new question. The teacher writes a new question on the board and Step Three is repeated.

Note: If the class is arranged into groups, the teacher won't be able to monitor everyone easily. One person from each group should monitor and award points in lieu of the teacher for his respective group. The teacher oversees both groups and comments/corrects if necessary. When it comes time to talk about another question, students rotate and a new person monitors and awards points.