I believe I have mentioned the fact that I am not a fan of my textbooks. Besides the fact that they are about 3 levels too difficult for my students, they are also totally random, poorly designed, full of typos, and English only. Both my English teacher and I usually have to read the instructions to any given exercise several times to try to make sense of what the kids are supposed to do. Below is a case in point.
But the reason I felt that I must share the following exercises is the strange and macabre twist that suddenly develops amidst otherwise normal statements. I burst out laughing in class and had no one else to share my mirth with.
I. Change and copy
Example: It isn’t necessary to go there
Write: You don’t have to go there
Example: Don’t go!
Write: You musn’t go.
1. Don’t answer that question
2. It isn’t necessary to buy bread.
6. Don’t try to take the robe from the woman’s hands; bury her together with it
7. It isn’t necessary to move the woman; you can bury here here.
Great, eh? And . . .
II. Ask Yes/No questions and answer them
Example: I must go. Must you go? I have to write a letter. Do you have to write a letter?
1. I’m busy. I must buy some medicine for my mother
4. I have to get up early tomorrow
7. We must take the robe from her hands somehow.
Must we take the robe from her hands somehow?
Yes, indeed, childen. We must pry that robe from her cold dead fingers.
Perhaps I shouldn’t mock my textbooks. It could be a great conversation starter on burial customs . . .