Providing CI with game instructions

As a comprehensible input teacher (Teaching with CI), I like to use EVERY opportunity to use the target language and to provide CI. When we play games in class, I take the opportunity to provide more CI with the game instructions. Talking about how to play the game and reading about how to play the game allows me to deliver more comprehensible input. And it is compelling because my students want to know how to play the game.

Every time we play a game in class, I always show a brief slideshow of the game instructions. I talk about the game, we read the text, and I do some basic comprehension questions. I treat it like any reading material and also try to add some personalized questions. I do this every time that we play the game (repeated exposure to language). Here are some slideshows that I use before playing these games. Feel free to copy and edit for your usage.

Marker Partner Game  (from Cynthia Hitz)

Volleyball

Running Dictation

Numbered Heads Together  (from Kristy Placido)

Quizlet Live relay  (from Mis Clases Locas)

Grudge ball (from Martina Bex)

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7 comments

  1. ¡Muchas gracias!

    On Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 1:02 PM Williamson CI & TPRS wrote:

    > Dustin Williamson posted: ” As a comprehensible input teacher (Teaching > with CI), I like to use EVERY opportunity to use the target language and to > provide CI. When we play games in class, I take the opportunity to provide > more CI with the game instructions. Talking about how to ” >

  2. I love the ideas. I do have a question on the Quizlet live. I know how this is played with groups, but since this is a relay, my question is how do you play it if only one person per group is answering the question?

    • The way I play it is with a beach ball and they are in two teams. The team that wins the rally gets a comprehension question from me about a story or a chapter. They get 1 point if they answer correctly. It can get a little intense but it is always fun!

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