Odd one out / Un sapo de otro pozo

“Odd one out” is a fun game commonly played by language teachers, whether first or second+. You may have played it under a different name, or without naming it at all! The basic concept is that students are given a list of three to four items, and they must identify the “odd one out”–the item that…

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Shrinking Summary: A reading activity disguised as writing

My favorite kind of writing activities are the ones that are actually reading activities in disguise. Shrinking Summaries are just that: incognito reading activities that allow your students to feel the pride that comes with output and benefit from critical reading at the same time. What is a shrinking summary? To write a shrinking summary,…

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Jeopardy Q&A

I love this simple activity that I found on Pinterest because it is just so adaptable and takes zero preparation! As Comprehensible Input teachers, we are always looking for new ways to revisit stories, readings, and discussions so as to provide students with additional repetitions of target structures. Jeopardy Q&A is backward questioning–providing students with…

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Superlame

I recently discovered this awesome website: http://www.superlame.com. Don’t let the title fool you–it’s great! Superlame allows students to upload photos and add speech, thought, etc. bubbles with text to them. What I love about this–as opposed to other, similar websites–is the ease of use. There are no ‘catches’ here! Unlike Bubblr (which requires students to use photos…

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Gallery Walk for language classes

A Gallery Walk is an activity that gets students moving and sparks discussion. An official Kagan Cooperative Learning structure, this activity can be adapted for many uses and fits in well with a Comprehension-based™ approach to language teaching. GALLERY WALK While ‘Gallery Walk’ can used to describe many different kinds of activities, whenever I refer to…

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