Gerunds and Infinitives- Storytelling Activity

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Gerunds and Infinitives
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 17th Jul 2020

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Gerunds and Infinitives- Storytelling Activity

Spread the cards face up across the table. Take turns continuing a story about “Kim” using
one verb each time. You must use one card each time it’s your turn, but you can say other 
sentences you use the verb on the card if you want to or need to, for example to link 
between what your partner said and the card that you choose. Your teacher will tell you if 
you should use the story starter that you are given or if you should make up your own story
starter, and when you should end (as quickly as possible when they tell you to, whenever 
you can find a smooth ending, after a minimum number of cards, or using as many cards 
as you can). 

Before or after doing the storytelling task, put the words into these three columns:

+ infinitive (“…to do”)

+ verb with -ing (“…

doing”)

+ infinitive or verb with -

ing (“… to do” and “…

doing” both OK)

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

Cards to cut up, spread out on the table and put in order

admit

agree

aim

arrange

avoid

begin

continue

dare

decide

demand

fail

fancy

fear

forget

go on

hate

intend

keep

look forward to

manage

need

offer

plan

prepare

pretend

promise

recommend

refuse

start

stop

struggle

suggest

threaten

try

want

finish

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

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