Updated 21 October 2015
An easy to organise and fun game for all kinds of polite language. Students choose one of the rude sentences they are given (“Give me a pen” etc) and compete to make it more and more polite. Whenever they can’t make it more polite, the politest sentence gets one point and they move onto another sentence. It’s loads of fun because the rude versions are funny and the super polite versions are too!
At some point they can be given useful words to make sentence more polite (“mind”, “possibly”, “seem”, etc) and/ or super polite sentences to edit down, then they work together to write sensibly polite versions of all the rude sentences.
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