Let’s Make a Bet!
This is THE review game I use at the end of a unit or course.
- Look back at the grammar or lexical chunks covered in the unit/course and select about 10 sentences that are good examples of these. The sentences should be correct and incorrect. Here is a list I used for a course that had practiced present perfect vs. past simple and the future with will and be going to.
- What have you done yesterday?
- Jackson went to Mexico last summer.
- We know each other for a long time.
- I going to visit my parents next month.
And so on.
- Put the class into pairs or groups of 3. Explain that you will say a sentence and they will need to write the sentence exactly as you have said it. For example: My sister are a teacher.
- Then explain that they will make a bet on the grammaticality/correctness of the sentence. I give them all €100 to start with (which I take back at the end, all symbolically of course). So, in their group, they discuss if they think it is correct or incorrect and how much money they would like to bet. NOTE: Don’t let them bet everything!
- Then, ask the teams (let the teams choose names) if they think the sentence is “correct” or “incorrect”. NOTE: Don’t let them say anything else at this point! Then ask them for their bets. If, as in the example, the sentence is incorrect and a group said “correct” and it is actually “incorrect”, immediately deduct the amount that team bet. If the team said “incorrect” and it is incorrect, then give everyone another minute to create the correct version in their team. They should NOT speak at this point. When time is up, circle and look at the sentences. Then walk to the board and give points to those who corrected it correctly and deducting from those who didn’t.
- Next, ask one of the teams who corrected it correctly to read their version of the sentence for everyone to hear. If nobody got it correct, I try to elicit the correct version by giving a few tips (Is the form OK? Is it finished or not? Etc.).
- Continue onto the next statements.
When the game ends, the team with the most points wins. (I always make them “pay back” the €100 I gave them at the beginning.
This one is great as a review. They really try to understand why a statement is correct or not and they begin explaining to each other when certain tenses or lexical items are used. Always a winner!