It’s that time of year again… EXAMS! My class is so proficiency based that it is hard sometimes to find a way to review the language in the same context they’ll use it in on the final! So I invented “groupardy”… just a fun twist on good ole’ Jeopardy.
I’m attaching the full rules of play but I’ll tell you all about my review as well!
In level 1 and 2 we are taking an exam with listening (a sound clip from a native speaker friend introducing herself and a story read by me), reading (both an article from our scholastic magazine and a story created from class vocab), speaking (retell a story from class), and writing (retell a story from class). How do you even review for that?? It seems to me that the main thing is to be sure students are comfortable and confident with the verbs and vocabulary that we’ve used to build our language proficiency this fall.
My 6 categories in both levels are:
I LOVE GRAMMAR, DESCRIBE IT, SUPER 7, CULTURAL CORNER, PEOPLE WE KNOW, ACTION and ADVENTURE
The grammar category will just reinforce those popups we have had this year, describe it will focus on drawing out details about stories we’ve told, in Super 7 we will focus on the key verbs we’ve used to drive communication, cultural corner will be questions based on our units of study, people we know will be questions about characters from our novels, and finally action and adventure will focus on things we have done in class that they’ll remember as our class jokes or insiders… For example, in Spanish 2 when we were storytelling “El Banco” we were all victims of a bank robbery laying on the floor of the classroom. I might ask them (in target) “Why did the class have to get on the floor of the bank?” They would answer that the bank robbers were all trying to rob each other.
Adaptable for any review, I think Groupardy will be a fun way to get our classes freshened up on our semester’s worth of material before we tackle those exams on Wednesday!