“Go fish!” to review a story

Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with scenes from a film or story as an opportunity to practice output in language classes. For more on the role of output in Comprehensible Input classes, please read this post. INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare students for this output activity by pre-loading them with … Continue reading “Go fish!” to review a story

Literature Circles

Waaaaay back when I was a baby language teacher, I attended a writing workshop for world language teachers here in Anchorage. Dr. Amy Wright, then-professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks walked us through an awesome application of Literature Circles in the World Language classroom. We used an excerpt from La casa en la calle Mango (The … Continue reading Literature Circles

Pencil grab activity to turn any T/F questions into a super fun game your students will love!

Pencil Grab True-False game

Pencil Grab is a super simple activity that I learned from Carmen Andrews-Sanchez via Kristin Duncan’s blog. It’s so simple and so fun! I pair up students and give each one a pencil. Then, I say a series of true or false statements, and students try to grab a pencil before their partner does anytime that … Continue reading Pencil Grab True-False game

Cada oveja con su pareja

It's a matching activity in disguise! Well, not so much in disguise as pretending to be cool. 'Cada oveja con su pareja' is the Spanish equivalent of 'Birds of a feather flock together'. I'd love to hear if there is a similar expression in other languages (post them in comments, if so!). Matching activities are … Continue reading Cada oveja con su pareja

Story Strips Activity

It's pretty easy to come up with many different ways to review portions of a story, but I've always had trouble thinking of unique activities that allow students to re-generate an entire text. Cynthia Hitz's "Back At'cha" works well for this, as does creating a Class Storybook. These activities are great, because they allow the … Continue reading Story Strips Activity

Odd one out / Un sapo de otro pozo

"Odd one out" is a fun game commonly played by language teachers, whether first or second+. You may have played it under a different name, or without naming it at all! The basic concept is that students are given a list of three to four items, and they must identify the "odd one out"--the item that … Continue reading Odd one out / Un sapo de otro pozo

Jeopardy Q&A

I love this simple activity that I found on Pinterest because it is just so adaptable and takes zero preparation! As Comprehensible Input teachers, we are always looking for new ways to revisit stories, readings, and discussions so as to provide students with additional repetitions of target structures. Jeopardy Q&A is backward questioning--providing students with … Continue reading Jeopardy Q&A