A speaking activity for students to make deductionsSugerencia de uso
1. Download the file and make copies for students. They are going to work in groups of 3 and each group needs a copy of the worksheet.
2. Explain that the students are going to discuss and answer questions about their classmates using past and present modal verbs of deduction.
3. You may want to demonstrate the activity by reading the first question to the class,
i.e. 'You see a classmate chatting on their phone. Who is it?'
Elicit possible answers to the question using past and present modal verbs of deduction. Have the students justify their answers.
· It could be Luis as he is always using his phone.
· It can’t have been me, because I turn my phone off before class.
· It might have been Mary because she loves chatting.
4.The groups then discuss each question in turn on the worksheet and base their answers on what they know about their classmates.
5. Each group then comes to a consensus and writes down the name of one student. When everyone has finished, go through each question and elicit an answer from each group along with a justification. Ask the named people if they agree that it could be or could have been them and ask if the justification is valid. If yes, the groups that named the person score one point.
6. The group with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner
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