Hand out a few texts or write them on the board for the students to
copy. Tell them that the texts contain errors of different types
(spelling, vocabulary, word order, etc.). Elicit or give an example
for each type, and list the types on the board.
2. Tell the
students the exact number of errors contained in the texts. In pairs,
ask them to spot the errors by drawing a circle round the relevant
items and to write the type of error and a possible
correction next to the line where it occurs.
students compare their work in small groups.
4. Check with
the class. Suggest that errors can be more easily identified and
corrected if we use a different symbol for each type. Briefly
discuss and agree on a set of symbols, e.g.
grammar (delete item)
grammar (missing item)
5. Hand out or
write on the board a few other texts.
In pairs, the students
try to spot the errors by using the agreed symbols and to write a
possible correction next to the relevant line.
6. The students compare their work in different pairs or small
groups before you check with the whole class.