Saturday, February 16, 2013

The dice game

Over the years I have found that students learning a foreign language always create sentences of the same length.  In order to try to promote a variety of sentence lengths in my students' work I have used a variety of activities in order to promote this.  This week we played the "dice game".  In its simplicity the student's find it enjoyable and yet also challenging.  Each student takes their turn to roll 2 die.  Whatever number comes up is the number of words the table of students must use in their sentence.  They continue to write sentences for about 15 minutes using this method.  I encourage the older students to use "conditionnel", "past conditionnal" and even "subjunctive" in their work.  At the lower levels we discuss transition words before beginning the activity so that they don't think it's an impossible task!  :)  At the end of the time period, I roll the die and ask for volunteer sentences that they have created for each of my rolls. 

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