Teaching notes

Fact – most people enjoy trivia.

Trivia facts are fun, interesting and a great way to study vocabulary, grammar structures, idioms, slang, reading skills and more. These notes are some suggestions for using trivia facts with students.

Reading

Take the students to the IT suite or CALL room and allow them time to read the various facts lists in the ’10 Things’ section of the Grammarman site. Trickier vocabulary is highlighted in blue; to get a helpful definition, students can hover the mouse over the highlighted words and phrases.

Sharing ideas

Back in the classroom, put the students in groups. Give each group a topic (The Moon, Superman etc) and encourage them to recall as many facts as possible. They can discuss their topic as a group first and then have a short feedback session where they share a few of their favourites with the class.

Back to the computers

Now the groups can make fact lists of their own. Give them time to choose a topic or assign topics. Any subject is fine: aliens, Harry Potter, Japan, money, monkeys, New York, Christmas, the internet – anything goes. The groups can now search online for unusual and entertaining facts.

Tip

To ensure really good lists, challenge the students to find fifteen facts. Groups can then pair up and read each other’s lists. They should collaborate and discuss, trimming the lists down to ten favourites.

Finally

What better way to showcase that hard work than to display it online for other students in other countries to enjoy. Send your trivia lists to the Grammarman website and we’ll add them to the trivia section.

Good luck!

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