Hola, Profes Locos.
I just filmed an activity that many of us have been doing for years! I like to call Taboorades. It’s kinda like Taboo… and it’s kinda like… Charades…
We play this fun language game to help increase target language use in class, to increase vocabulary repetitions, and to help foster language creativity via circumlocution.
It’s not the most amazing game in the world because kids are getting a lot of low quality input and the language is out of context, but are there any perfect activities? #Rhetorical
Creates the playing cards based on high frequency vocabulary, phrases learned during class stories, their curriculum lists, a bunch of complicated ideas that are difficult to explain, or chunks related to your current theme.
4-8 players sit in a circle and are divided up into two teams. Order the members in a group so that students are seated between opposing team members who will monitor that the card holder doesn’t say the words on the card.
Set a stopwatch to beep at 2-minute intervals, or simply ring a bell whenever the heck you feel like it.
Start the timer, or just say, “Go.”
Clue-givers start acting to get their team to say the word on the card without using English to win 1 point. If a student speaks English and someone notices, they must pull a new card and start over. To receive 2 points, they must use the target language.
As soon as their team guesses the word they pass the cup of words. The cup continues to be passed with each guessed card until the bell rings. The person with the cup when the bell rings loses a turn and it’s passed to the next student.
Students who successfully clue a card keep the card, and these represent 1 point for the team. If they use the target language they fold it in half to represent 2 points.
At the end of the game team member points are tallied, and the winning team is declared by the team with the most points.
I think it’s super important that you explicitly relate this activity to language learning in order to remind students of its benefits in future classes.