Sentence Starters

Chunks, language and sentence starters are things that all learners must master. Students learn set phrases, useful for any language function and set occassion … at the bank, ordering a pizza, clarifying information etc …

One great recipe for teachers to use is to just give students the prompt and have students complete the prompt (in a full sentence, the whole thing).

Example – If it hadn’t been for … Students: If it hadn’t been for your teaching, I’d be worse at English right now!

You can list the prompts before the lesson, on cards and then get students to respond to them. The prompts can be geared to all levels, ages and topic, language functions.

Get prompting your students to “finish it off”. See our cards and also, online generator for more prompts!

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