One of the hardest things about teaching EFL classes is finding ways to make language drilling and repetition fun. This classroom game makes drilling a breeze. Your students will happily practice any target language as many times as you see fit and when your lesson is over, they will beg you to play more. Sound impossible? Well then you've never played Rapid Questions and Answers!
The Details About Rapid Questions & Answers:
- This game combines language review, competition and a time limit.
- It will work with any target language.
- You can easily adjust this game so that it works with students from the ages of 3 to 103!
- This game works perfectly as a language review.
- In our example we are using the the card game AGO, the board game Launch Across and a timer. One a side note the game AGO is easily the resource I've used more than anything else. It's fun, portable and extremely adaptable. You can find out more about AGO here.
- If you don't have either of these games you can substitute by picking your language targets and then adding a ball toss.
In this example we are teaching Food as our topic. And "What's your favorite food? My Favorite food is ___________" as our Target Language.
Q - What's your favorite food?
A - My favorite food is strawberries.
Here's How To Play Rapid Questions & Answers:
- This game is all about repetition. All you need to do is set up a timer and define an objective.
- In the game Launch Across the objective is to make rows of balls. Steve made this game all about using the target language. Each time a student makes a sentence that uses the target language they get to shoot one ball in the hopes of building a line of balls.
- Set the timer for an appropriate time (shorter for younger students longer for older students). We definitely recommend keeping the time limits to a minute or less. More than a minute is even hard for a native English speaker!
- Show your students the AGO Card you are using and give a few example answers.
- Start the timer and let the games begin.
- When the timer expires check to see if anyone made a line. If not, you can either count the balls to see who got the most into the game board or play again. It's important to remember that you're the teacher. If you need to adjust the rules, it's okay.
- Repeat this process until 2 minutes before it gets boring. That way your students will want to play again and again.
Rapid Questions and Answers:
- It's a great way to review any target language.
- It's fast paced and extremely fun.
- Your students will LOVE it!