Have a speed cup competition in your language classes; narrate in the target language "Can s/he do it in less than __ seconds? Can s/he do it faster than [other student]"? etc

Play Speed Cup in your language class!!

My kindergartener came home from school on Friday raving about this super cool game that he had learned in P.E. (Why this was a PE lesson, I am not entirely sure.) He couldn't wait to teach all of us how to play--and all he needed was 12 cups that had holes in the bottom. I grabbed a stack … Continue reading Play Speed Cup in your language class!!

Where is the dog game for language classes

Where is the dog? Game for language classes

Last night, we had our third meeting of our local PLC (Northern NY & VT - sign up here if you live in the area and want to connect!). Our guiding question was, "Describe a recent lesson in which students were engaged?" I am really inspired by the creativity of the teachers in our group … Continue reading Where is the dog? Game for language classes

Mafia scripts for beginning classes

Rarely a day has passed since I played Mafia with narrator Ben Wang this summer in Chattanooga that I haven't thought about that game! Mafia was already my favorite pastime--not that I get to play much anymore--and for sure my favorite game to play in class, and it was just SO EXCITING to realize that I could use … Continue reading Mafia scripts for beginning classes

Simplify the class game of Mafia into just three steps to play in language classes at the beginning of the year. Perfect for TPRS/CI classes looking for comprehensible input!

Learn Mandarin with Mafia…even if you don’t speak any Mandarin!!

In one of my sessions at iFLT yesterday, we were doing a Speed Dating activity and discussing lots of different questions from a list in pairs. My partner asked me the question, “What was your biggest TCI success last year?”, and I responded, “Oh, I’m not teaching, so I don’t have one”. She followed up … Continue reading Learn Mandarin with Mafia…even if you don’t speak any Mandarin!!

Grudge Ball / Resentimiento

Is your class loving to hate The Unfair Game? Then they will love to hate Grudge Ball. If you've ever emailed something to me to share on the blog and thought, "Well that was a total waste!", you just haven't waited long enough 😉 Allison Robertson in Texas emailed me instructions for Grudge Ball and … Continue reading Grudge Ball / Resentimiento

Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

I've seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher's Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources … Continue reading Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

Juguemos en el bosque

Back in the day, I turned the classic children's song "Juguemos en el bosque" into a game for my students to play and get in repetitions of clothing vocabulary. It was a great filler game and always an option for P.A.T., in addition to a planned part of the lesson for any unit that targeted high frequency structures … Continue reading Juguemos en el bosque

Mafia: The TCI game of all games

I cannot believe that I have never blogged about this game before. I have a tendency to exaggerate, but I really don't think that I am exaggerating when I say that this is the MOST beneficial, MOST engaging, and MOST awesome game that a TPRS®/CI teacher can play. Don't believe me? Haters gonna hate....but I think … Continue reading Mafia: The TCI game of all games