Speaking Activities with Playing Cards

All that is needed for these activities is a deck of regular player cards and a copy of the reference page. Students can play in groups of two or three.

Speaking Activities with Playing Cards (French, Spanish)Once cards are dealt, payers flip over their top card. The player with the highest value (ace is low, king is high) locates the subject/infinitive or the vocabulary picture that corresponds to that card (3 of hearts, king of diamonds, 4 of clubs, 7 of spades, etc.) on the reference sheet and says the correct verb form or identifies the picture. For more of a challenge the students can be required to say a complete sentence with the verb form or vocabulary picture. He then takes the cards and adds them to his point pile.  If there is a tie for the highest card, the winner of the round is the player who speaks first.

Once the deck is used up, all players count the cards that they placed aside and record their scores on a sheet of paper. All the cards are reshuffled and play continues.

The teacher can decide the end point. (Go through the deck two or three times, first player to 30, 40, 50, 60 points).

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