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**THE MFL GAMES THREAD**

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by deleted477, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. There's a board game called "pass the bomb" available in 'all good toy shops!' If you take the bomb from it to time and come up with a list of subjects you've been doing e.g. le weekend dernier/le weekend prochain/le sport/mes passetemps... each person has to say a sentence about the topic and then pass the bomb to the next person. When the bomb goes off you change topics (you can also eliminate a person, but then have to keep those "out" interested). Year 7 love it to name vocabulary (each person says a number or word covered in the lesson) year 10 also love it and it gives them confidence for the oral! I have used this just timing or using an egg timer, but they prefer passing round a bomb and the time varies each round, which adds a sense of urgency.
     
  2. jen2049

    jen2049 New commenter

    Some really great ideas on here! I'm looking for ones with SEN pupils at the moment if anyone has any?? A good plenary that works in any subject is a game called 'bang!'. Two pupils stand back to back, holding their hands like a gun. The teacher says a phrase or word either in the TL or in English, the first pupil to turn around, give the correct answer or translate the phrase, then say 'bang!' wins! It's so effective, and quick and easy!
     
  3. Well I've adapted some of the games mentioned so you don't need any resources..
    Heads down thumbs up.. 2 boys 2 girls stand at front.
    Class close eyes and make their hands into a fist and put their thumbs up..
    4 pupils at front go around and whisper one French word or phrase into 1 person's ear. (I usually tell them to use vocab from that lesson) when you tell them to the 4 pupils will then stand and guess who the person was and what the word was.. I get them to disguise their voices.. If they guess both things correctly they then swap places.
    Great for a plenary and the whole thing can be done in the TL as the insructions are so simple..
    kids love it even Year 9s ask to play it -especially bottom sets...
     
  4. Jen, Dodros is an expert on here for teaching languages to SEN pupils. You could do a search for his name or start a thread marked for his attention. Jen x
     
  5. Corners.. SEN kids love this one!!!
    2 boys and 2 girls to start..
    4 pupils stand in a square if not enough space (or in each corner of the room if more space)
    teacher usually starts by asking a question.. eg, what's a dog? pupils in square need to put their hands up.. whoever gets hand up correctly gets chance to answer. If correct they then move clockwise and the pupil there gets knocked out.. You can get the audience to ask questions- they love that. If it's a draw- in that they all get their hands up at the same time I let someone from the audience answer, if they answer correctly they can nominate someone to move and knock someone out.
     
  6. Anyone know where to buy fly swots from?
    I'm really into the touching pictures game, but have some very short pupils and a fairly high white board!!

    I'm quite into gimicks at the moment, I have a beachball, a bomb am looking for a policeman's hat...All working well!
     
  7. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

  8. I bought my flyswatters in the supermarket - where the brooms and so on are. What my Mum calls "cheapjack shops" (a compliment!) might well have them at this time of year, too.
     
  9. I thought someone here said they had a book with a load of MFL games in - or am I dreaming this?
     
  10. c0okiemunster

    c0okiemunster New commenter

    100+ Fun Ideas for Practising MFL by brilliant publications is good.
     
  11. PierreImport

    PierreImport Administrator

    How do you spell megalomaniac?
     
  12. En Francais?

    M. Egalomaniac

    It puts a different complexion on it...someone who is determined to achieve equality?
     
  13. staffse

    staffse New commenter

    www.espanol-extra.co.uk has the penalty shoot out game on the free samples page. Limited topics though. Also kids love the grade or no grade( based on deal or no deal) and the Hoop shoot. www.francais-ectra.co.uk is still free and has all the above games.
    Fly swat games are adored by kids at my school as is the corners...... aslo head down thumbs up with flashcards where the guessers have to say the name of the flaschcard being held by the pinchers...... can't think of any more at mo' but will keep thinking.
     
  14. staffse

    staffse New commenter

  15. whapbapboogy

    whapbapboogy New commenter

    Hey all, I have just cut and pasted all your ideas into a nice document/list that can be printed off and referred to in planning lessons. xxx
    MFL game thread games

    1. Game name: la pomme empoisonnee (poison apple)
    materials needed: small card 'apples' in a variety of colours
    to practise: colours, idea of adj.(in this case, colour) coming after noun
    year group: younger pupils, eg. yrs 7 & 8

    -Show the apples to the pupils, practise the colours 'c'est la pomme rouge', etc.
    Volunteer goes to other side of classroom and turns back to class. We decide on an apple to be 'poisoned' and pretend to sprinkle it on.
    Volunteer comes back and pretends to munch his way on the apples, taking each one in turn and saying what it is: 'c'est la pomme verte..jaune...bleue...etc. etc.
    When he gets to the poisoned one, the class shriek out 'tu es mort', or whatever 'you're dead' is in the TL. They get to then do practise convulsions which they love! Winner is the person who manages to collect the most safe apples.

    2. Teaching boys, I find that the penalty shootout (atantot et al) is all I need. Never fails!

    3. Playing 21s (yes, the drinking game!) with vocabulary. All pupils stand and one by one have to spell out a piece of vocabulary, but nobody knows who is going to say the next letter. If two (or more) people say it at the same time then they are out! Keep going till you have just two people left.

    4. Gap fill around the room. Put the words for a gap fill tasks on pieces of paper stuck on walls.

    5. Turn your OHP on, put pieces of realia on the base eg. pen, ruler, pencil, pencil case, sharpener. Point to the objects on the board, and get pupils to repeat the vocab. Then turn OHP off, take an object away "Was fehlt?" (what's missing?) and pupils have to go through vocab. They love it....espesh if you split them into teams

    6. 'Bingo' is very much a favourite - any list of key words can be numbered and used.

    7. Also popular is 'Psychic Powers'. Students are given a finite list of words/phrases (1-10, for example) and have to guess the number in my head. This activity encourages boys to listen to others speaking too so that they don't repeat a number, blow their chances of winning! I keep a supply of small sweets as prizes. Jamie Oliver wouldn't approve.

    8. www.classtools.net is brilliant too for making arcade type games although I appreciate not everyone has Internet access in their teaching rooms.

    9. Collective memory is also a favourite especially with lower ability students. I make a rough drawing on a given topic. Each group sends up a representative one at a time, looks at my original for 10 secs or so and then has to report back to their team. I award extra points for writing the Spanish words too.

    7. My kids love the Fred game. Two kids are sent out. One kid in class is Fred. The two kids who were sent out come back in and ask questions until they find Fred, e.g. Wie heißt du? Ich heiße Fred.
    You can play it with other vocab as well...and it gets the kids talking.

    8. I play a variation of the old favourite 'touch the picture'.
    Items of vocabulary or pictures to represent vocab(without translations)are up on the board. I use a projector screen or you can do this with an IWB as long as you lock all the items in place.
    I ask for 2 volunteers and the come to the front and they are each given a different coloured feather duster.(Kids like it and they are soft so they don't damage the board!)I say 3 TL phrases/words and kids have to touch the correct item as fast as they can. The game is out of 3 and the winner gets to have another go.
    To reinforce the spoken element, after a few examples I ask for another student to be the teacher and say the 3 phrases instead of me.
    This is a great plenary as it is quick and it really gets the competition going! I also use the dusters as pointers too!

    9. using old fashioned plastic flyswatters are fun too!

    10. Heads down thumbs up with realia or flashcards, don't know why they love it, but they do...!

    11. I do a "telepathy" game!
    Ten words on the board - key vocab.
    Kids all have plastic mini-whiteboards and pens - me too! Kids all stand up. I write (in secret) one of the key words from the board. They all write 1 down too - they reveal their boards to me - I wait till everyone has revealed their board - then I flip mine over for them all to see. If they have matched with me, they can sit down. If not, they rub off their word and we start again (after I have removed the word we just used from the list of 10). In subsequent rounds, those sitting can continue to write down a word "just to see if they really can read my mind". We usually get down to just a few pupils with the last word - amazingly there's usually only one winner.
    Stupid game, but they like it. And it gives them lots of practice writing the key words.
    If you are a bit worried that your class may not stay focused for long enough to play it with elmination and a final winner, divide the class into two and for each one you do, give points to both sides. (e.g. 3 points if three students had guessed correctly.)

    12. Write some random numbers (including negatives) on the board and stick flashcards over them. Students are in teams, they tell you a phrase, you take off the flashcard and that is the number of points they get.

    13. Chorusing games - once you've chorused through a few times, play a "simon says" type game. If you point to something and say the right word, they chorus, if you say the wrong word, they shouldn't. If they say it at the wrong time, you get a point, if they don't, they get a point. When they get more confident, you can swap a student in to pronounce the words. They love beating the teacher at this (first to five points, for example).

    14. With mini WB - I say a word in the TL, they have to draw it as quickly as possible. Points for being first/last/most artistic! I've also done this with reflexive verbs - e.g. I say "me despierto" and they have to write "I" and draw themselves getting out of bed. Bizarre how they find it fun, but they do!

    15. My kids also love games like pictionary, or charades, particularly with pets or daily routine type vocab.

    16. Also, games where one person has all the flashcards and chooses one to hold at the front of the pile. The others all guess which one.

    17. They also like playing "matching pairs" games with word and picture flashcards.

    18. If you have a smartboard, you can use the flash dice from the gallery to do loads of games where they roll the dice and have to make sentences - e.g. six times, six daily routine words, they roll two dice on the board and have to make sentences for points.

    19. connect-4 dates!
    Draw a 6x6 grid and write numbers along one side and months down the other. To get a square they have to give the correct date (can be extended to saying my birthday is...). 2 teams trying to get 4 while blocking the other is great! Can also be used to revise numbers and letters.

    20. an old fave of mine is Jeopardy - I play this on the OHP but there is a computerised version available on the internet somewhere. Pick four sub-topic headings and make 5 questions for each, ranging from 100 to 500 euros. (100 will be dead easy like "j'ai un hamster, 500 will be super hard). Team with the most money at the end wins. All you have to do is write 20 questions but my lot love it for some reason. It is very good for pre-test revision lessons.

    21. ?grade? (deal or no deal) on atantot

    22. For refreshing questions, I carry a small, soft juggling ball. I ask someone a question and if they answer correctly, I throw the ball to them. They then choose someone to ask and pass the ball on if the answer is correct...etc. Don't know why but year 7 seem to love this.

    23. 'corners'. Four people, one in each corner and the teacher calls out questions. If a pupil answers one correctly, he/she is allowed to move on to the next corner. The first person to make it round the room wins,or that pupil can ?knock out? rival contestants in the other corners.

    24. 'les quatre coins' as it is known in French. It really is a game for the little 'uns but they do enjoy it.Stick flashcards around the room to represent the vocab you have been covering. Teacher turns back to class and ideally, has some French music playing. When the music stops (or when you call 'arretez!'), the kids have to go and stand by one of the flashcards. Winners are the pupils/pupil standing by the one you have called out.

    25. Okay - not really a game but a quiz idea and thought it might be helpful in the run-up to Christmas. It encourages them to use dictionaries and they have to find the names of the pop groups. In small teams I give them a sheet with some 'cryptic' clues on and they have to work out the name of the artist or group e.g. 'falaise riche dur' would be 'cliff rich hard' = Cliff Richard! I have used it with Years 7 + 8 and they loved it enough to go and design their own questions.

    26. On one side write a list of phrases with a word missing at the end...
    On the other side jumble up the missing last words and they have to pick a random number to complete the sentence.
    For example
    *I went to the shop today to buy a... // Mum
    *I love the meals that are cooked by my... // Donkey
    *When I go to the beach, I always ride the... // Potatoes

    You get some crazy sentences, and it tends to be a good laugh!
    In the case, you would say for example... "I went the shop today to buy... A"
    And then you reveal and the sentence would be that they went to buy a mum. Good for vocab practice when you have to teach a group of words in an interesting way, either as a starter or as a summary at the end.

    27. Musn't pause/hesitate game.
    Let's say the class has learnt colours today.

    Get all the class stood up & have an object to point with such as a ruler.
    Go round the room pointing at students, when you point at them they have to say a colour in the TL, which has not already been said in that round & there must be no 'errrms or errrrrs'. A round lasts until a person is out & when out, they sit down & then all vocab can be used again during the next round.
    The winner is the last one standing & gets a small prize.

    28. There's a board game called "pass the bomb" available in 'all good toy shops!' If you take the bomb from it to time and come up with a list of subjects you've been doing e.g. le weekend dernier/le weekend prochain/le sport/mes passetemps... each person has to say a sentence about the topic and then pass the bomb to the next person. When the bomb goes off you change topics (you can also eliminate a person, but then have to keep those "out" interested). Year 7 love it to name vocabulary (each person says a number or word covered in the lesson) year 10 also love it and it gives them confidence for the oral! I have used this just timing or using an egg timer, but they prefer passing round a bomb and the time varies each round, which adds a sense of urgency.

    29. A good plenary that works in any subject is a game called 'bang!'. Two pupils stand back to back, holding their hands like a gun. The teacher says a phrase or word either in the TL or in English, the first pupil to turn around, give the correct answer or translate the phrase, then say 'bang!' wins! It's so effective, and quick and easy!

    30 . Well I've adapted some of the games mentioned so you don't need any resources..
    Heads down thumbs up.. 2 boys 2 girls stand at front.
    Class close eyes and make their hands into a fist and put their thumbs up..
    4 pupils at front go around and whisper one French word or phrase into 1 person's ear. (I usually tell them to use vocab from that lesson) when you tell them to the 4 pupils will then stand and guess who the person was and what the word was.. I get them to disguise their voices.. If they guess both things correctly they then swap places.
    Great for a plenary and the whole thing can be done in the TL as the insructions are so simple..
    kids love it even Year 9s ask to play it -especially bottom sets...

    31. 100+ Fun Ideas for Practising MFL by brilliant publications is good.

    32. www.espanol-extra.co.uk has the penalty shoot out game on the free samples page. Limited topics though. Also kids love the grade or no grade( based on deal or no deal) and the Hoop shoot. www.francais-extra.co.uk is still free and has all the above games.

     
  16. PierreImport

    PierreImport Administrator

    That's a good, comprehensive list, Whappers. I will print it out and keep it. Persoanlly, i play lots of games and they are often improvised (er, like most of the lesson) but it very useful to have a list like your to hand!
    Well done.
     
  17. Yes, thank you so much for doing this, whapbapboogy!

    I tried printing out the thread, but it took umpteen pages and the print was microscopic, so the whole thing was a mess. Your neat, concise list is great help. Merci!
     
  18. Ok, a little bit of sunshine is now showing, so anyone go any ideas for out door games in MFL?
     
  19. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    There's a been a whole thread on that topic recently.
     

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