Say That Again!

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images (1) This is a good activity for practising paraphrasing skills, or for introducing an FCE, CAE or CPE -style Sentence Transformation exercise.  I’ve used this activity in both CAE and CPE classes and I think the students have been surprised at how many different ways they can think of to say something.  They’re also surprised when they find the transformation exercises easier.  Credit goes to where I got this idea from.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Either have students write short sentences on bits of paper, ideally something they might say in everyday life, eg. “I like your hair,” OR use the original sentences of a Transformation exercise.
  • Collect the slips of paper and re-distribute, face down, to groups of 3-4.   A student takes the top one, turns it face up and reads the sentence. They then have to produce a paraphrase of the sentence, as does the next person…

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