Friday, 30 September 2016

Day 45: Make Your Own Board Games

Example of Board Game
Today, I wanted to get my students to do a bit more speaking so I decided with the help of my fellow colleague to get them to create their own board games. I was going to do this earlier this week but I focused more on their immediate needs in English. Here is what we did:
  1. Show students your own self-made board game and tell them that they are going to make their own board game. If you have finished focusing on a particular grammar point, you could get learners to make questions or prompts about this grammar point.
  2. Tell students that they will be judged by the other students on how good their board game: marks out of 10 for each of the following areas such as 'enjoyment', 'rules (whether they are easy to follow)' and 'layout' - a total of 30 marks.
  3. Put students into groups of 3 or 4 learners. Get students to create their board game in groups and give them time. Monitor and assist if necessary. I like to put some background music on.
  4. Once students have finished, get students to play each others games for 10 minutes. Circulate the board games among the different groups and let them have fun.
  5. At the end of the lesson, ask students to judge each others board-games and request feedback on each board game. If you have been monitoring learners during the lesson, you could provide feedback on their speaking at the end of the lesson.
So this is a simple activity to get learners focusing on language points and working together in English. If you want to keep their board games, laminate them for future use. You could also pin them up around the classroom for students to collect and play with at a future time.

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