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Year 7 idea (european day of languages)

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by veverett, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    I have bought some plastic clip on/pin on badges - the sort for conference delegates that take a cardboard insert.

    I am going to use them for a Year 7 domino activity. It will serve as a House point competition, a get to know other people icebreaker and a European Day of Languages activity.

    I've made cards for the badges. Each pupil in Y7 will have a badge with a French word and an English word.
    Eg the person with: rouge / bottle will be looking for someone with the word red on their badge and someone else with the word bouteille. The words will form a domino chain (coming full circle) with 14 people in each complete chain... if they can track them down.

    There are different coloured badges for the different houses. There are 3 different chains within each house, so you can't just find people with the same coloured badge and assume they will make a chain.

    They will get the badges on the Friday so they can check out the meaning of their words. Then on the Monday during the school day they can keep their eyes open for the people with corresponding badges. Then on the Tuesday 26th September, Y7 assembly will be a free for all where with all Y7 in the hall, they have to find all 14 people in their chain. House points awarded for quickest correct chain.

    If you are thinking of trying this, it may well work better as NOT a house competition, then you don't have to worry about issuing the correct number of badges / having different numbers of pupils not making full chains...
    pascuam49 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  2. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Could you explain why you have done this as a game with pupils moving around to find their link pupil and not as a traditional domino game with cards on a table?

    When the links are complete in your version, most pupils will surely struggle to see the other links. Pupils will already know what their two words are in the TL before starting. What will they end up learning from the activity?
    With a table version they will be exposed to more TL.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    This takes French outside the classroom and makes it high profile. You are right, it is not to do with learning the words at all. Although they will see everyone else wearing differwmt words over the 3 days. They will meet new people, do a house activity and enjoy French.
  4. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    So today at break and lunch... All of Y7 walking around with coloured badges (according to house) with a French word and an English word on. Asking older pupils if they knew what their words were. Asking science teachers if they could help with their word. (Mixture of words - some like noir, bouteille, chemise - others like hedgehog, slippers, dribble.) Looking for the people whose badges match to their English word or to their French word. Teacher on duty told me he'd managed to match up 4 or 5 people in part of a chain. Good fun, good buzz about French, lots of learning.

    I reckon by the assembly on Tuesday half the year group will have found several people in their chain, and the other half will have lost their badges! If they are organised they will have written down their words...
    Will update you after European Day of Languages.
  5. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    Oh, and really good to put the responsibility on the pupils to find out the meaning of their words. Very few had any idea of how to go about it.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  6. Piman

    Piman New commenter

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