The Space Game

A simple team game, played ideally with a fairly short text.

In the example here (see image above and live example below) I have chosen to affect 1 in 3 spaces in the text (i.e. 2 in 3 spaces between words are already present) and students have 48 more spaces to find.

Divide the class into 2 teams and select a member from each team in turn to play.

The rules:

Discourse scrambles, via Bill Van Patten @teawithbvp

Bill Van Patten recently shared a link on the Tea With BVP website to a google doc (see below) on the topic of discourse scrambles.

Discourse scrambles are activities where you take a list of sentences or dialogue utterances, and students are required to put them into the correct order. According to Van Patten, "the language overall should be comprehensible in its original form, otherwise students cannot complete the task".

Van Patten goes on to explain the benefits of discourse scrambles:

Making matching resources? The L1 / TL order really does matter...

When you create a "matching" resource on textivate, it really does make a difference which side you put the target language...

TL = Target Language (the language being taught)
L1 = First language / mother tongue / the language of instruction.

Consider the activities generated by textivate when you create a resource based on 12 or more matching items (see image above). There are 32 (at the time of this blog post).

Let's go through them...

A couple of NEW options for Flashcards

We've added the option to flip the flashcards so that the right-hand part of the match is shown first, by selecting the "Switch top & bottom" checkbox.

We've also made the choice of "Original order" vs "Random order" selectable via option boxes.

Both of these can now be included in your fine-tuned urls for links and embedded exercises, and also in a sequence of activities.

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