What do you like to do?

Students in Malaysia currently have to do a big exam at the end of their primary schooling. Happily, this is being changed in the new curriculum, but that still leaves the older students having to write an exam that is generally way above their capacity, and far removed from their daily lives.

One part of the exam asks them to describe a picture in 5 sentences, which usually requires the present continuous. So to practise this, I designed a few memory games and flashcards – this one’s on hobbies. There are two sets. The first is for beginners; stick these onto one colour for the words, one colour for the pictures. Student A selects one of each, reads the sentence, and decides if the picture is correct. This is slightly easier than the way I normally run these games, when all the cards are the same colour, and the student could end up with two pictures, without knowing what either of them are.

Memory game to practise the present continuous

Beginner: Memory game to practise the present continuous

Second is the same, but with the sentence structure “I like to…”

Beginner set of memory cards using "I like to"

Beginner set of memory cards using “I like to”

The third is for upper beginners or intermediate, and is in the infinitive. Students must form a full sentence when they turn the card over; this might be present continuous in the 3rd person (He is reading) or the 1st person (I am reading), or something different entirely (I like to read, I read a lot, I don’t read much…) Or just let them practise the vocabulary without forming a sentence at all.

Memory game to practise hobbies

Upper beginner: Memory game to practise hobbies

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