Review for exams with Groupardy

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:


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!



Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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  1. Hola! Hello! I was searching for book reviews regarding Vector. I need to start thinking about novels for next year. My students enjoyed La hija del sastre. I don’t see any Vector reviews. How was it received in your class? I just read la Calaca Alegre. It was pretty good! La hija del sastre is my favorite novel so far! Did you update your Breakout for Vector? Are you willing to share it or is it available for sale? Muchas gracias!

    1. The Vector breakout is available on the breakout website! I haven’t taught it yet because I’m saving it for next year’s rotation!!

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