El Camino/Le Chemin is an engaging and interactive speaking activity that students can do in pairs or small groups. Very quick set-up with no prep needed. Just print out the two pages that make up the game board and students are ready to go. Students can do this activity in groups of 2 or 3. Each player needs a game piece to move around the board. They can use a bingo chip, a coin or any object of similar size. One die is also needed for the activity.
All players start at “Début” or “Comeinzo.” Taking turns, each player rolls the die and moves the number of spaces rolled. The object is to land on the numbered boxes in the correct order (1-12). They can move in any direction, but they can’t use the same box twice in a turn. They can share a box with another player. The winner is the first player to land on square #12. The game can be made longer by having players return to “Début” or “Comienzo”and work toward #12 a second time.
Each time a player rolls the die and moves closer to the next number, he/she must say the verb, number, time, category word, etc. of the square he/she lands on. They can also be required to say a complete sentences.
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This is a fun and engaging way for students to practice verb forms or any type of vocabulary. I call this shipwreck (Naufrage, Naufragio, Hǎinàn-海难, Schiffbruch, Naufragium). The board has 1oo squares, you can use fewer or more depending on the level of your students.
In the example below there are subjects and infinitives in each box. Students play against an opponent and choose a box. He then says or writes the correct verb form. The example below has the student put the verb in the past tense in French. If the opponent agrees that it is correct, the player gets to color in the square with his color, then it is the opponent’s turn. If the opponent does not agree with the response the teacher is summoned to verify. If the answer is not correct the player loses that turn. When a player gets three boxes in a row of his color he gets a point, which is recorded on the bottom. Each play has a different color and employs a blocking strategy to try to prevent the opponent from getting three boxes in a row. This works well with vocabulary (students either translate or use the word in a sentence) or adjective/adverb forms as well.
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This game is best for concrete vocabulary that can be seen in pictures. You can be more creative with more challenging concepts once you work with it. Draw two grids on the board with 9 squares (3X3). This can also be done on the floor of the classroom with tape. Divide the class into two teams and give them one, two or three topics, such as food, weather expressions, furniture, animals, action verbs, clothing, body parts, or colors.
Each team must choose 9 words in the target language that fit the given topic. They then write the words in the boxes on the board. Before playing, put pictures of the vocabulary in a box for each team (there should be two boxes-one for each team- with identical pictures in each). One at a time, a player from each team reaches into their box and takes out a picture. If they have the word in their grid that corresponds to the picture, they put the picture with the word (tape, magnet, etc.). Once they get three in a row, they get a point. It is best to give them a list of 12-15 words that are in the box for each category so that the teams are not choosing words that are not even in the box. Play two or three times, alternating between the teams. This can be done with grammar structures as well, such as verb forms or adjectives. The grid can also be 4X4 or 5X5 to make room for more vocabulary and a longer game.