Just as in sports, we need time-outs in language learning. Students can learn a lot by playing the game, so to speak, but circumstances can call for a brief pause. The teacher observes the performance on the “field” and recognizes when explicit instructions are called for.

I recently understood that a private student has never had much practice with correlative conjunctions. The structures are usually clear enough in context, but her own comfort level with production remains low. To help remedy this situation, I’ve put together some short tasks. Perhaps in their new form, you’ll be able to make use of these tasks as well. Not only will you give practice with these conjunctions, but you’ll also prompt discussion about a popular topic: sports! Please see my correlative conjunctions_handout.

Photo credit: Football, Team, Huddle, Teamwork by KeithJJ. Retrieved from the Public Domain at https://pixabay.com/en/football-team-huddle-teamwork-1523041/.