Monday, August 27, 2012

Scavenger Hunt

I’m sure you all know how the game Scavenger Hunt works and in this post I’ll give you two suggestions for its use in class.

Suggestion 1:

You can use this game as a form of reading exercise, where your students practice their skimming and scanning skills. What you have to do is prepare different kinds of texts that you will hang around the classroom + make a worksheet with questions. The answers to the questions are, of course, to be found in the texts. Divide your students into teams and let the fastest one win. Make sure to produce questions for which your students will have to go over the text (i.e. don’t ask questions that can be answered by just looking at the title) and that there are many different types of texts. Tourist brochures from the places you have visited can serve as great materials for this game, especially because they are completely authentic.

Some of the reading materials for this activity that I made can be found here + questions here.



Suggestion 2:

Use this game as a means of familiarizing your students with their new course books. This will make them more aware of what they can expect in their current school year and if you pick a good course book, you might even motivate them to be excited about learning English.

This time students can work in pairs, and you just come up with questions to which answers can be found in the course books. Since there is little chance that the majority of you are using the same course book I have come up with some general questions that can help you with your own version of the game - make sure to adapt them to your course book. Download them from here.

How do you usually make your students familiar with their course books? What is your experience with this game?

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