When introducing inversion to your students consider using a worksheet from this page. There are 10 inversion worksheets in this section which may be an indication of how popular the topic is in ESL classes; that is to say, it is rather uncommon. This worksheet has some examples of inversion that you may choose to use in your classes but is not a stand alone worksheet or activity. If you decide to include inversion in your course, please feel free to upload your worksheets and activities for other busy teachers to use. You can also check back later to see if new worksheets have been posted.
Inversion is an unusual arrangement of words in a sentence that results in a more dramatic statement with the same overall meaning. As this is a rather complex topic, it is certainly optional and should be reserved for advanced learners and those who are especially interested in linguistics. Be sure to tell students the purpose of this structure as well as the fact that alternate sentence structures can be used to convey the same meaning. The level of your students will be a primary factor in determining whether or not to introduce inversion.
In linguistics, grammatical inversion is any of a number of different distinct grammatical constructions in the languages of the world. There are three main uses in the literature which, unfortunately, have little if any overlap either formally or typologically: syntactic inversion, thematic inversion, and feature inversion. The first and most widely noted kind of inversion occurs when a noun or adpositional phrase is shifted from its default postverbal position to one before the main verb of the clause. In English, such syntactic inversion typically comes in two varieties: locative inversion and nonlocative inversion.