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Poem No. 1 to Learn the Difference Between "Make" & "Do"

I have found that students often make mistakes when trying to use “Make” and “Do”. I train them in the proper use first by having them listen to recordings with “Make” and “Do” while filling in the correct verbs in cloze exercises. I have included several of such recordings in my book QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book.

The second way is to have the students learn poems with “Make” and “Do” that they recite to their partners in class. These poems are often the source of much banter and many times have been included in student films as a humorous allusion to the English course. Once I saw in a spectacular film two students sitting on a tombstone reciting the first of the two poems below. When we viewed the film with the whole school present, everyone burst out laughing. It was a great moment for me. Perhaps you too will have fun with the “Make” and “Do” poems I have written. I hope so. By the way if you purchase my book QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book), you will find three audio files with these poems. In the these files the syllables to be stressed are marked in bold to help the students learn properly.

“Making Do" (With What You Have)

By Marianne Raynaud

If you want to make progress without wasting your time

Make a list of expressions that do tend to rhyme

It won’t make much difference if you make a mistake

Just make an announcement: "I’ve made biscuits and cake!"

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Make a trip to some country to meet people like us

Make an effort to smile, and don’t make a fuss

Say you love making plans, appointments and such

Making breakfast or dinner doesn’t bother you much

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And if the words that you hear don’t make any sense

Make an effort to answer and do not feel tense

Make lists of exceptions; give your partner a test

Inventing "Review Sheets" is what you like best

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But if you made a bet about what could be right

You’d not make a fortune; I’d pity your plight*

’Cause the rules, they were made a long time ago

So make peace with this language wherever you go

Postscript

They’re doing a show; they’re making such noise

It must be my neighbors, those young college boys

So I’ll make a stop here, since it’s late in the night

You’ll have to do better and keep up the fight*!

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Vocabulary:

make do: faire avec; plight: destin;* fight (here): le combat pour parler l’anglais très, très bien !

Assignment:

Learn the poem above by heart and be ready to recite it to your partner.

Make a list of the expressions with “do” or “make” that are used in this poem. How many are there?

Then test your partner on these uses of “do” and “make”...

If you purchase my book QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book you will receive more than 1,500 files (text, audio, video) that will make your teaching more effective and more enjoyable.


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