Lyrics Training was a favourite site for me but for some time I have stopped using it in class. I was thinking to do a fun exercise with a class and my 16 year old daughter said ‘Why don’t you use Lyrics Training’ fot the lesson. I listened to her and visited the site to have a look at the changes and I found out that they are testing the teacher account. I signed up as a teacher , chose a song and created my custom exercise and then sent it to my students.
I am not a fan of online games. I don’t play any but my son spends most of his free time playing online games. I have lots of students who do the same and when the subject is online games, even the quietest one starts to speak. A few years ago I had three students in my class. They were very much interested in games. They were very interesting boys because they were not ordinary players as they learned a lot about mythology and literature playing these games. One of them is writing stories and probably he’ll become a famous writer one day. That’s my hope for him.
I was clearing my files during the break and I came across a handout I coped from a book (unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the book) on literature. There were questions about favourite titles and characters. I put the handout among the ones I’d like to use this year but then suddenly I thought about another activity. Why shouldn’t I adapt it to games that the students are fond of playing and would work on the activity eagerly?
So here are my questions. I’ll be very happy if you can suggest other questions for this activity.
Think about the online games you love playing. First finish the sentences then compare your answers with your partner.
- I think I’m like the character ————————– from the game ———— because ———————-.
- I like the title of the game ————————— because ———————-.
- The game which I find very challenging is ———————————.
- I want to meet the character ———————- from the game —————- because ————————-
- The character whose action I admire is ————————– because ——-
- For me the most interesting 3 online games are ———————————.
- It is easy to win a game in ————————– because ———————–
- It is difficult to win a game in ———————– because ———————-.
- The game ——————- is set in a ——————————. It is —————–.
- 10. In the game ———————— you need to be a team to win.
Here you can find the handout I prepared for the activity.
Links to some blogs and interesting posts on online games
- Digital Play
- HOW MINECRAFT TAUGHT MY 9-YEAR-OLD SON WITH ASPERGER’S TO READ AND WRITE
- Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class
The following activity was something spontaneous when we did ‘indirect questions’ but then I felt the students still needed practice, something more like a mechanical drill but I was not prepared for more exercises so I did the folllowing.
I told mys sts to have 4 slips of paper.
On each paper, I told them to write 2 wh questions and 2 yes-no questions.
While they were writing their questions, on some slips of paper I wrote indirect question beginnings, such as ‘I’d like to know ….’ ‘ Do you know ….’, etc.
On my desk, I put their questions and my beginnings face-down as two different card decks.
I told sts they would take 1 card from each pile and write the indirect question on the board.
As homework, I told them to change the indirect questions to direct questions.
If you have a creative, enthusiastic students, you can even tell them to choose 3 indirect questions from the board and improvise a dialogue but unfortunately my sts need to be prepared for that stage for some time and I’m hopeful 😉