I have seen several versions of the game “Bang”, “Zut”, “Caramba”, etc. on the Internet lately. The basic premise is that points for answering a question correctly in the game are not guaranteed, but rather the player or players may get points, lose points, take points from another team or give points to another team.
I like this type of activity because it keeps the points fluid and constantly changing. This can be done on cards in box. This is great because the teacher can use any topic and ask the questions orally to review a topic. When a team answers correctly they take a card out of the box. The cards have the following on them:
- 1 point
- 2 points
- 3 points
- Lose two points (Bang, Zut, Caramba)
- Give 2 points to another team
- Take 1 point from another team.
You can pull out the box anytime and use it with review questions. After the initial creation of the cards in the box there is almost no prep if the questions are asked orally by the teacher. I have also created a powerpoint version of the activity where teams choose a number and when clicked one of the possibilities above is revealed. I call this version “At Your Own Risk!”
Doodle Buddy is a fun app for vocabulary practice. Have students draw pictures of vocabulary, then have a partner guess what it is in the target language. Or you can use them as mini-white boards to have students write practice sentences on a given vocabulary/grammar topic. Just literally shake the iPod/iPad to clear the screen.
Language teachers have been using VoiceThread for years, but it’s much easier for students to create their own stories using an app on an iPod/iPad. Students need to create their own free accounts, but the only drawback is that they can created a limited number of threads per account.
Sound Cloud is a web 2.0 tool with an easy-to-use iPad/iPod app. It’s designed for musicians, but language teachers should take advantage for in-class voice recording. Students need to create a free account, then make their recording, which can be emailed to the teacher, or posted directly to a Twitter account. Since the sounds are hosted online, you can embed them on a class website or blog.
If you use the iPod/iPad for creating student videos, Splice is a really easy way to have them “splice” scenes together. You then export the spliced video to your camera roll and can email it, upload to YouTube, or upload to your computer. Very easy!
UrTak is a free site that allows you to create yes/no/don’t care questions, then embed them in your class site or blog. You can also set the language (oui/non/je m’en fiche). Students can add questions as well.
GoAnimate is a free site that allows you to create cartoon animations and either record voice or type text that the program reads for you. It also has authentic foreign language accents and voices.
Storybird is a free site that lets you choose artwork to create a story. You choose your art, then type in your story. The final product reads like a book and can be embedded easily on class sites or blogs.
LinoIt is a free message board. You create a board where students can post “sticky notes,” including video clips.
This activity gets students writing sentences with correct verb forms that demonstrates that they know the meaning of the verb and its various forms. Begin each slide with a single click that reveals the verb (infinitive) and 3 subject pronouns with question words. Students have 40 seconds (the line on the bottom of the slide disappears to show time passing) to write three sentences that include the subject, the correct form of the verb and the additional information based on the question word(s). The next screen shows the three verb forms that students should have written so that they can check their work. The teacher then has students share their examples with a partner or with the class. This activity works well individually or in pairs. Students can write the sentences on small white boards or on a sheet of paper.
This activity can be done using Powerpoint animation. Below are some complete activities to practice various French and Spanish verb forms.