Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Pizza game

Wow! it's been a long time since I've added anything, but have a couple of new things to share. Don't know about you (dear theoretical reader), but I'm actually finding that it has been really useful to create this resource for myself as much as for anyone else, because now I can go back and remind myself of games I haven't tried for ages - it's amazing what you forget.

This game I found on another site, added by Dagmara Muszynska.
I have left the instructions in her words - please note that this game does require some preparation.

PIZZA GAME Game to learn/practice vocabulary

This is my students favourite game. They love it and you can use it in any language B class. It takes a bit of time to make it but it is really worth of it.

To make a game you need to:
  1. On the sheet of A4 paper draw and than cut a circle (as big as it possible on the paper).
  2. On the circle draw 3 lines to divide it into 6 pieces (just as a pizza or a birtday cake).
  3. On each piece draw quite dots 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 (just like on dice). Now it looks a bit like a pizza, isn't it.
This will be your base. Now it's time to make pizza pieces (tasks to do by students)
  1. cut paper into triangles (as many as you want)
  2. on each triangle put one task to do by students

Your game is ready. Now it's good to laminate everything so you can use it many times.

How to play it:
  1. students sit around the table
  2. put your pizza (base) in the middle
  3. put your pieces of pizza under each part of your base
  4. student roles dice
  5. students takes the piece of pizza where is the same number of dots
  6. student solves task on the piece of pizza
  7. student may take the piece of pizza if he solve task correct – than teacher put next piece in empty place
  8. student need to put back thepiece of pizza if couldn't to solve the task.
  9. The winner is student who has the the most pieces of pizza at the end of the game

What you can use it for

  1. practise new vocabulary/expressions
ñ on each piece put word/expression in language of instruction. Students need to say the word in language B.
2.    putting words in correct order
ñ on each piece write mixed words. Students need to put them in correct order and make a sentence
3.    put the right form of noun/verb/adjective
ñ on each piece write sentence with one word that is in incorrect form. Students need to say the sentence using correct form of word
4.    answer the question
ñ on each piece write question that students will be supposed to answer

In fact there is much more possibilities to use this game. The only limit is your imagination. Good luck and have fun during the game

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Grudge Ball!

All the credit for introducing me to Grudgeball goes to the awesome Penny Coutas (@pcoutas on twitter)... My students LOVE this. Have made a couple of changes to suit my groups, but it's such a cool idea!
Rather than give full instructions, I'm going to give a link (sorry). I think the photos provided help make things clear. Here's the link.
The actual game is originally from

Vocabulary Gallery Walk

Not really a game... but still fun, especially if you play up the "gallery opening".

I love the idea of creating a gallery in this way, and getting students to give feedback on each others' work. I feel that if the students know they are creating for each other rather than just for the teacher, they will try that bit harder. Your "gallery" doesn't need to be word+definition+example - you could  use the gallery idea just as easily for a "creating" activity rather than simply a revision exercise. And if you don't have laptops, access to a computer lab or ipads / tablets there are other ways to do it - good old paper, or why not experiment with BYOD (bring your own device) if your school will allow it?
I have pasted these instructions directly from - here's the link.

"1. Vocabulary Gallery Walk – Each student will be given a word to define and provide an example for. Students will use Sock Puppet or Go Animate to create a mini skit to define and example their word. Students will lay iPads around the room and walk around to review each skit. Sticky notes will be placed near iPads for students to leave comments. Students will be instructed to write definitions and examples as they view each skit on their Vocabulary Gallery Walk Recording Sheet."

In the same article, Edudemic also suggests creating mini movies as a way to revise, then having a film festival / "world premiere" (possibly complete with popcorn?). Again, a great idea easily adapted from revision activity to an MFL activity.

Of course, you could go "old school" minus the technology aspect, and just challenge the students to create posters to show the meaning of the word / phrase / sentence without using any English :)