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When you students struggle with word order, take the time to review this with them using one of the 93 word order worksheets available in this section. Browse through this section to find something that your students will enjoy or use these worksheets as a basis for your own. Here is a resource to refer to when talking about word order. The material may be a little overwhelming for your students but the scrambled sentences on the last three pages can be great practice if students have difficulties with word order. There are other scrambled sentences and word order worksheets to look at as well as an article that talks about teaching word order so stick around and explore all that Busy Teacher has to offer.
There are many common word order mistakes that English language learners make even as their overall fluency and level increase. You cannot stress the importance of word order enough so be sure that students understand the position of words in a target structure before sending them off to do practice activities. Not everyone supports the idea of giving students incorrect material but this would be one method of checking to see if students understand correct word order. You could create a worksheet with some incorrect sentences and ask students to make corrections to them. To make this more challenging, ask students to correct the incorrect sentences and include some sentences without errors so they have to be even more attentive when reading. Of course the best method of teaching word order is to include it in your introductions; take preventative measures when it comes to word order and you will have fewer problems to deal with later on in the course.

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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Word Order?
In linguistics, word order typology refers to the study of the order of the syntactic constituents of a language, and how different languages can employ different orders. Correlations between orders found in different syntactic subdomains are also of interest. The primary word orders that are of interest are the constituent order of a clause—the relative order of subject, object, and verb; the order of modifiers (adjectives, numerals, demonstratives, possessives, and adjuncts) in a noun phrase; and the order of adverbials. Some languages have relatively restrictive word orders, often relying on the order of constituents to convey important grammatical information. Others, often those that convey grammatical information through inflection, allow more flexibility which can be used to encode pragmatic information such as topicalisation or focus. Most languages however have some preferred word order which is used most frequently...
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Questions Drill (for Russian Speakers)

Questions Drill (for Russian Speakers)

•, Word Order,
This is a great worksheet for practising  questions with elementary students. They have to create questions with given words and tips. Print it on the color paper, cut it, make it one column ...
2 Views 1,833 BegElem
Small Talk vs. Meaningful Conversation

Small Talk vs. Meaningful Conversation

Candice Soldatelli
This speaking activity is based on an article from The Elephant Journal entitled "Small Talk: I can't do it anymore" by Morgan L. Callison. We ask ss to say what they understand by "small talk" an ...
6 Views 2,413 IntAdv
My Parts of Speech Balloons

My Parts of Speech Balloons

dewi santi
• » Word Order
This worksheet is for the students practice activity about parts of speech. Before giving it to them, make sure that they are already familiar with the words, however translating beforehand is pos ...
4 Views 2,948 BegElemPre-Int
English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 3

English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 3

• » Word Order
English resource: unscramble the sentences. This multi-step worksheet will help children practice their sentence building. Students unscramble the words to write a statement. They then use the sam ...
3 Views 5,507 Elem
English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 2

English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 2

• » Word Order
English resource: unscramble the sentences. This multi-step worksheet will help children practice their sentence building. Students unscramble the words to write a statement. They then use the sam ...
2 Views 3,298 Elem
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English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 1

English Resource - Unscramble the Sentences 1

• » Word Order
English resource: unscramble the sentences. This multi-step worksheet will help children practice their sentence building. Students unscramble the words to write a statement. They then use the sam ...
5 Views 3,743 ElemPre-Int
Too or Enough

Too or Enough

20 sentences that students have to complete the correct too or enough form either with noun or adjective. The key to the sentences is provided. Hope the worksheet is useful to revise this type of ...
10 Views 7,019 Pre-IntIntAdv
Create Sentences

Create Sentences

Teacher instructions: cut out the sheet. The task for the students is to create as many sentences as possible. I have done this in teams of five students. It is also good to make students write do ...
9 Views 9,804 ElemPre-Int
Word Unscramble - Dinosaurs

Word Unscramble - Dinosaurs

•Word Order,
This resource can be used when teaching kids about dinosaurs! Students are asked to unscramble the letters and write the words correctly on the lines. There are fifteen words to unscramble from ex ...
4 Views 5,917 Elem
Figure out Parts of Speech

Figure out Parts of Speech

The activity (which is basically just one slide) is aimed at helping your students to figure out parts of speech in the text. The words in red are non-existent, thus you can use this activity even ...
3 Views 7,449 Pre-IntIntAdv
Questions Words Worksheet

Questions Words Worksheet

Mirlo
A fill in the blank exercise for practicing the questions words. Students read the answers and decide which question word is adequate. The tenses are mixed. This helps ss to identify the question ...
11 Views 15,149 Elem
Wh-Questions (Word Order)

Wh-Questions (Word Order)

This worksheet contains activities on Wh-questions word order and is particularly suitable for the elementary-pre-intermediate students. In part A, students are asked to fill in the spaces with t ...
9 Views 20,232 Elem
Order of Adjectives

Order of Adjectives

•, Word Order
This power-point presentation is appropriate for teaching the order of adjectives. It is suitable for elementary students and also upper levels. First it shows the rule of ordering adjectives then ...
9 Views 7,658 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Different Types of Hair, Order of Adjectives

Different Types of Hair, Order of Adjectives

This PowerPoint includes different types of hair + how to put the adjectives to describe hair in the right order. It is appropriate for elementary and pre-intermediate levels, both young learners ...
12 Views 6,548 ElemPre-Int
Order of the Adjectives PDF

Order of the Adjectives PDF

•, Word Order
This is a worksheet for revising order of adjectives. It contains an activity in which the learners are asked to unscramble the words to make sentences. It is appropriate for elementary levels. Yo ...
6 Views 19,854 Elem
Have/Has Got Constructor

Have/Has Got Constructor

This is a constructor to use during your grammar classes. It helps in creating different types of sentences with have/has got. You can either ask your students to translate the similar constructio ...
2 Views 4,277 BegElem
Movie Worksheet: Lost and Found

Movie Worksheet: Lost and Found

The worksheet features tasks to a 25-minute film adaptation of the children's book Lost and Found. The film is directed by Philip Hunt. There are three tasks in the worksheet: a pre-watching task ...
7 Views 7,217 Elem
Parts of the Speech Train

Parts of the Speech Train

•, Word Order
I came up with this idea when I was teaching the parts of speech. It is very simple. I used a train to show my ss that all should have an order. I labelled them with the words Subject, Verbs and s ...
7 Views 7,324 All
Unscramble Sentences 3

Unscramble Sentences 3

•, Word Order
Unscramble sentences one: twenty sentences to practice the use of  present continuous in affirmative, negative and interrogative forms. At the beginning there are easier sentences that become ...
13 Views 17,942 BegElemPre-Int
Unscramble Sentences 2

Unscramble Sentences 2

•, Word Order,
Unscramble sentences one: twenty sentences to practice the use of the verb to have got in affirmative, negative and interrogative forms. At the beginning there are easier sentences that become mor ...
9 Views 12,564 BegElem
Unscramble Sentences 1

Unscramble Sentences 1

•, Word Order
Unscramble sentences one: twenty-five sentences to practice the use of the verb to be in affirmative, negative and interrogative forms. At the beginning there are easier sentences that become mor ...
13 Views 15,517 BegElem
Making Sentences Game

Making Sentences Game

Find an English magazine or newspaper and cut out about 40 words ensuring you have a balance of parts of speech and stick them onto a sheet of paper in no particular order something like in the pi ...
3 Views 10,770 All
Direct and Indirect Questions

Direct and Indirect Questions

•, Word Order
This is a simple scheme to introduce the difference between direct and indirect questions. To be filled by students themselves. Mind that the terms may differ, so you can change "information quest ...
10 Views 13,889 IntAdv
Inversion

Inversion

This worksheet is useful for intermediate and advanced students. it is just to introduce the topic. The white letters can't be seen in the white board, so you can use them as revision as well. So ...
12 Views 36,245 IntAdv
Do and Does- Affirmative, Interrogative and Negative

Do and Does- Affirmative, Interrogative and Negative

•, Word Order
The worksheet is about the usage of do and does. It has its own grammar chart with the structures for the questions (interrogative) and answers (negative and affirmative) Also students are expecte ...
2 Views 12,530 Pre-IntIntExam

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