For those not familiar with the US game show, Jeopardy, check wikipedia and youtube. The basic idea is that there are boxes in different categories and points. The “answers” are revealed and the players need to supply the questions.
However, in English training, I have adapted the game somewhat and it can be used as a review at any level, perfect for the last class.
- Prepare in advance by choosing categories. You could use just vocabulary such as: clothes, fruits, vegetables, homes etc. or you could use a range of categories such as: vocabulary, spot the mistake (grammar), telephoning, email phrases etc.”. Basically, choose the categories that you covered in your course.
- Prepare the boxes with the questions (NB, this is different than the US game show). For example, in the category “vocabulary” there is a box for 10 points, 20 points, 30 points and so on (the more boxes, the longer the game will be, I find 5 boxes enough usually). If the group is an intermediate business English group some of the words I might use are: subsidiary, in charge of, negotiation etc. Since you know your group, put the easiest word in the 10 point box and the hardest in the highest point box. Do this for all the categories. For grammar, I often use a sentence that has a mistake and they need to find it and correct it. Or you could have a translation category. Be creative!
- Put the class into groups/pairs and explain the rules. Draw a grid on the board that looks something like this:
Vocabulary Find the Mistake Telephoning Emailing Prepositions 10 points 10 points 10 points 10 points 10 points 20 points 20 points 20 points 20 points 20 points 30 points 30 points 30 points 30 points 30 points 40 points 40 points 40 points 40 points 40 points 50 points 50 points 50 points 50 points 50 points
- If a team chooses a box and is able to complete the task, they win those points. If they can not complete the task, it remains “open” and any team could choose that box on their turn.