Friday, 17 January 2014
Chain Letters - another game show idea for MFL classes
Chain letters is another one of those television game shows which I've adapted into a writing or speaking exercise to get more able or experienced students thinking.
In the TV programme contestants won money by changing, adding or removing one letter at a time in a word to create a new word.
My classroom version involves no money at all but the idea is still the same.
Give the students a word in the target language and give them 5 minutes or so to create new words by changing, adding or removing letters. They have to make a list of as many words as they can in the allotted time. The winner is the person with the longest list of words.
The word must be a real, French word. The students can only change one letter at a time and they must change a different letter each time.
A French lesson.
The word is POMME
Change the P to S - SOMME
Add a T - SOMMET
Change the S to a C - COMMET
Add an N before the T - COMMENT
Add É at the end - COMMENTÉ
Change the T to a C - COMMENCÉ
Change the N to an R - COMMERCÉ
and so on...
...it's another game I play when I can't sleep.
You should try it, it really works.