Practice with Paraphrasing

Students learn to paraphrase for different reasons. In the academic world, students must avoid plagiarism, so to refer to a key idea in a written text they have two choices: include a quote or restate it. In the ESL classroom, we regularly paraphrase to make unfamiliar vocabulary understood. We offer explanations such as, “If you…

Playful Paraphrasing with a Point

Students will readily try an exercise if they understand its value, are clear about the task, and have enough support to complete all the steps. Be sure to explain the reason(s) behind a paraphrasing task. Do you wish to offer more practice with target vocabulary? Do you want to test students’ ability to manipulate grammar…

The Power of Paraphrasing

In searching for new activities for my own lessons, I sometimes forget the value of tried and true forms of language practice. Last week I threw out a brief paraphrasing task to a private student, and he responded positively to the challenge. In fact, he requested that we do this more frequently and in greater…