Cataplún/Kaboom! – Small group game for language classes

Tomorrow is Friday, it's the first week back from break, and you're exhausted. What to do, what to do... "MovieTalk?" --you think-- "No, too much standing and talking." "Asking a story?" --but you dismiss it-- "Too much standing and talking and energy used in general." "Picture Talk?" --now there's an idea!-- "No, too much using … Continue reading Cataplún/Kaboom! – Small group game for language classes

Mafia scripts for beginning classes

Rarely a day has passed since I played Mafia with narrator Ben Wang this summer in Chattanooga that I haven't thought about that game! Mafia was already my favorite pastime--not that I get to play much anymore--and for sure my favorite game to play in class, and it was just SO EXCITING to realize that I could use … Continue reading Mafia scripts for beginning classes

Simplify the class game of Mafia into just three steps to play in language classes at the beginning of the year. Perfect for TPRS/CI classes looking for comprehensible input!

Learn Mandarin with Mafia…even if you don’t speak any Mandarin!!

In one of my sessions at iFLT yesterday, we were doing a Speed Dating activity and discussing lots of different questions from a list in pairs. My partner asked me the question, “What was your biggest TCI success last year?”, and I responded, “Oh, I’m not teaching, so I don’t have one”. She followed up … Continue reading Learn Mandarin with Mafia…even if you don’t speak any Mandarin!!

Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

I've seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher's Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources … Continue reading Is it possible? A board game for post-reading