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The Great Language Game

Challenge yourself to identify some eighty languages by their sound alone. Learn more about how languages sound and where they're spoken.
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This would work in an introduction to linguistic course, or for raising language awareness and tackle learning strategies

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Free, Printable Bingo Cards by Bingo Baker

Free, Printable Bingo Cards by Bingo Baker | TELT | Scoop.it

"Bingo Baker makes it easy to create bingo cards. You can generate hundreds of random cards and print them using the printer-friendly PDF (with no ads or watermarks). You can also save paper (and waste electricity instead) by playing your bingo game online (it works on the iPad).

Instructions: Just type your words into the grid on the left. You can give your game a title and can change the BINGO column headings too. Then click the Generate button."

 

Shona Whyte:

No images, just text, but very easy to use all the same and handy for different types of vocabulary practice in the language classroom.


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Quest: text adventure games

Quest: text adventure games | TELT | Scoop.it

My adventurous colleague Margarita Georgieva, who teaches EFL in higher education, recommends Quest.  Download the programme to your computer (she uses it with students in a computer lab), then play or create text games.

 

Reading, writing, collaboration, clear authentic task ...  Don't know if I'm ready to take the plunge, but interested to hear from others who have.

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A Fun, Google-Powered Way For English Language Students To Improve Pronunciation - Co.Create

A Fun, Google-Powered Way For English Language Students To Improve Pronunciation - Co.Create | TELT | Scoop.it
"A Fun, Google-Powered Way For English Language Students To Improve Pronunciation"

Using voice recognition in Chrome, this game gives learners three chances to pronounce individual words presented in humorous 2-character cartoons. You can share your final score on Facebook or Twitter. The makers claim: "if Google can understand you, anyone can."
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Margarita Georgieva's comment, May 12, 2012 6:48 AM
This one is just great! Love it :)
Shona Whyte's comment, May 13, 2012 3:54 AM
I thought it might appeal to a webhead like yourself. I suspect someone is getting data from it, but at least they dressed it up nicely ;-)
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Great games for the language classroom: Blockbusters

Great games for the language classroom: Blockbusters | TELT | Scoop.it
I‘m a gamer: I love using games in the language classroom. I find them such a great and versatile tool and, if used well, something that always goes down well with learners. I’ve discussed the role...

Via Adam Simpson
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Adam Simpson has this blog post about using the Blockbusters game format in EFL classes.  We hear a lot about "gamification" in education in general, and I was expecting something for teenagers with technology.  

 

But no, it's a low-tech game, and can be used even for academic English with advanced adult learners: "I love using blockbusters for teaching. I regularly use it at the university where I teach, just before their exam. I give them 25 typical mistakes they make with their academic writing and get them to correct them, then play in teams as a revision exercise." (Gabrielle Jones)

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Teresa MacKinnon's comment, March 17, 2013 4:53 AM
lovely to see blockbusters available in the digital age! I used it for language teaching back in the 1980's on an OHT and it was alwyas popular. I would like to see a digital version of Pointless as it would be great for vocabulary revision :)
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Dark Visions – A Gothic Horror Story | Digital Play

Dark Visions – A Gothic Horror Story | Digital Play | TELT | Scoop.it

Kyle Mawer has this lesson plan for using a horror game with advanced older learners (one disturbing scene teachers should check beforehand).

 

The usual Digital Play format with options to use or ignore the walk-through, and post-game suggestions.

 

Level: Advanced/ Mature students

Location: Computer Classroom

Skills Focus: Reading/ Writing

Game: Dark Visions

 

You arrive at a strange house with a mysterious doctor who introduces himself as James Thaxton Smith, an assistant to your uncle who is the doctor at this psychiatric hospital. He sees you to the guest room where you are to stay but time passes and you soon get bored waiting. Explore the house and discover dark secrets and strange goings on. Can you solve the mystery before it’s too late?

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Reading Game – Harry Quantum | Digital Play

Reading Game – Harry Quantum | Digital Play | TELT | Scoop.it
Graham Stanley has an intermediate reading lesson plan based on Harry Quantum: learners work on the walk-through and start playing in class, then finish the gamr for homework. Includes advice on handling faster and slower learners, plus suggestions for post-play retell and writing activities.

Three years' worth of archives on the blog for those interested in exploring games for ELT.
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