• Teaching Gerunds (a discussion from LINCS)

                                  SOME COMMON PROBLEMS

                                              Run is good exercise.
                                          I finished read that book.
                               He made some money by work hard
                                Eating in restaurants are expensive.
                                      They enjoyed to do their work

(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.)*

I was invited to participate in a discussion about how to teach gerunds.  You can read the discussion at this linkLINCS discussion of gerunds

Below you’ll find brief samples of  some exercises that I’ve used to help students at all levels and include a links to handouts that you can use with your students.

Brief sample exercises

First handout: Inductive exercises to introduce gerunds to students.

Inductive exercises to introduce the concept of gerunds, especially good for ear-learners.

Gerund Links Ex 1 shot

Gerund GRB Ex 2 shot

Gerund GRB Ex 3 shot

Gerunds GRB Ex 4 shot

Here is the link to the complete exercises. Gerunds inductive intro
For more inductive grammar exercises like these, see The Grammar Review Book

Second handout: Listening and writing exercises to help students learn when to use a gerund and when to use an infinitive.

One purpose of the listening exercise is to internalize what sounds right.

Gerunds WAI Ex 23 listening

Gerund WAI SCRIPT shot

Gerunds WAI Ex 24 25

Gerunds WAI 26

Here is the link to the complete exercises. Gerunds vs Infinitives listening and writing exercise

For more listening/writing exercises like these, see Write after Input

Third handout: Exercises for more advanced students who know what gerunds are. 

These will help them understand how to use them as subjects of sentences and to contrast gerunds and participles.

Gerunds WS2 Ex 1 and 2 shot
Gerunds WS2 Ex 3 to 6Here is the link to the complete exercises. Gerunds vs Participles Exercises
For more advanced grammar exercises like these, see Writing Strategies Book 2

David Kehe

*About the free-download materials. During my 40 years of teaching ESL, I have had many colleagues who were very generous with their time, advice and materials. These downloads are my way of paying it forward.

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