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A game for use in the
The idea for this game has been supplied
by George Tomlinson. He teaches at Kuso Junior High School
in Pusan, Korea.
This page has been made using George's instructions and original
text. I have tried it with several classes and it works really well.
A suggested blackboard
I currently teach at a Kuso Junior High School
in Pusan, Korea for the government of Korea. I have found one game...
that isn't new, but is quite effective. It needs to be modified. In order
to do this you can use a picture dictionary to get some ideas for interesting
categories. I have recreated Scrabble and a number of
other games, but Jeopardy by far has been the most
captivating. Its been such a hit that I am planning to design an entire curriculum
around it. How I plan on doing that is using it in
conjunction with "Word by Word: Picture Dictionary" textbook and workbook.
How to Play:
Copy the suggested blackboard layout (above) onto
the blackboard. Divide the students into groups of teams. The numbers refer
to the difficulty of the questions ie, 100 is very easy whereas 400 is more
A team chooses a type of question eg. Body 200.
You then ask the question: It's in the middle of the leg and we all have two
of them. Answer knee. You then put a cross in the "body 200" box so that
this question will not be asked again. The team who gets the right answer
can continue to pick the category... The team with the most points wins...
I delegate the task of writing on the blackboard
to the classroom president and the classroom vice president. This allows
me the chance to monitor the exercise and all I have to do is give
the category descriptions. As students get better some of them will even
be able to deliver the descriptions of the categories themselves as the MC
of the game. I have tried distributing a version on paper but
I have found that in this case the students are too busy looking at their
paper rather than listening to what I am saying. This detracts from
the listening skills that they can acquire and they don't see the TPR I am
performing so that the meaning of the word gets
permanently recorded into their long term memory
Some Possible Categories:
Places: (Around Town) Bank, Store
School: (Classroom) (Classroom actions) (TPR)
Family: (twins, brother-in-law, great grandmother,
Activities: (everyday) work, cook, clean, drive
Weather: drizzling, sleeting, hazy, foggy
Hobbies: painting, sculpting, knitting
Music: tuba, cymbals, reggae, jazz, ska
Occupations: architect, butcher, firefighter
Fruit: mango, cherry, kiwi, persimmon
Vegetables: pepper, cucumber, onion
Body: pinky, thumb, ankle, wrist
Emotions: nervous, hungry, sleepy
Mammals: zebra, hippo, skunk, whale
Birds: duck, peacock, ostrich,penguin
Examples of questions:
I am thinking of a fruit that grows in tropical
regions. It begins with an "M." And is nowadays
ingredient in iced tea..... Mango.
I am thinking of a fruit that is famous in New
It is small, round and its color is brown.
inside color is green and black..... Kiwi
This is my hand and this is (pointing to it)....
This is my wrist and these are my...... fingers
These are my fingers and this is my.... thumb
This is my thumb and this is my......... pinky
JOHN AND SARAH FREE MATERIALS (C) 1996