Carry out a substitution drill, but instead of saying the word, show them an image. For example,
Teacher: I like to play basketball.
Students: I like to play basketball.
Teacher: (holds up a picture of baseball player)
Students: I like to play baseball. etc.
A Google Image search can provide an endless supply of useful images for such a drill.
Similar to drilling with images, but you mime the word you want them to put in the sentence.
Read out the sentences with errors in them, and get students to read the sentence back in its correct form.
You can make drilling more dramatic by asking students to say a sentence in an emotional way.
Teacher: What time is it? – say it in an angry way.
Students: WHAT TIME IS IT!!!!?
Teacher: What time is it? – say it in a friendly way. etc.
Prepare some personal statements, such as I have two brothers, I like jazz, or I’m hungry. Ask students to repeat ONLY if the sentence is true for them.
Read the sentences in the students’ first language, and have them say them in English.
Pass out slips of paper. Ask students to write sentences using the language point you are currently working on. After they turn them in to you, select a few sentences to drill together with the class.
Minimal Resources: Drilling by Phillip Kerr – One Stop English
D is for Drills - An A to Z of ELT (Scott Thornbury’s blog)
Hall Houston teaches at Kainan University in Taoyuan County, Taiwan. His articles have been published in periodicals such as It's for Teachers, Modern English Teacher and English Teaching Professional. He has written 3 books: The Creative Classroom: Teaching Languages Outside the Box, Provoking Thought: Memory and Thinking in ELT, and The ELT Daily Journal: Learning to Teach ESL/EFL.