Light Sabres

How do I use light sabres in my lesson? I was asked this on Twitter the other day as I mentioned them. So here is the recipe for utter chaos and lots of fun! Two students have a light sabre each. They stand back to back. I call out a sentence in English and the two students have to translate the sentence or phrase into the target language. When they say the phrase they have to turn round, at great speed, point their light sabre and shout out the TL phrase. The student who says it correctly first wins, and the “loser” sits down and is replaced by the next challenger! It is a great starter or plenary task and loved by all students. I also use toy swords and plastic carrots!!!!!

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Games Games and More games

Games in MFL lessons

BALLS

1-15 CARDS

ENVELOPE GAME

1 I throw a ball for Q and A, either single words or questions to be answered or for someone to repeat what I have said, it increases engagement and challenge

2 I have small laminated card with 1-10 or 1-15 on them. I put either 10 words or phrases or pictures or questions on the board and students pick a random numbered card in pairs and do the speaking task with their partner. E.G. 15 pictures which students have to give an opinion about e.g. Victoria Beckham, swimming, chocolate, Spinach, Jedwood!  One partner asks: “what do you think of number 7?”  The other student replies. You need to set up the opinion giving language. This is a good way to get students talking.

3 1-16 envelope game – I have a giant board which I have decorated and stuck 16 envelopes on. In each envelope I put a card, the class is turned into 2 teams (or more) and they have to ask for card number 3 a student is the question master and they have to ask the question and judge whether the right answer is given.  Team with the most points wins

4 Pass around a small cuddly toy and students have to whisper the answer, or ask a question to it. They find this easier than talking to me or each other and is especially good with SEN classes

Props I use in the classroom

Finger puppets – IKEA are the cheapest – enough for a classroom set
Plastic swords and light sabres, magic wands (all in twos)
Several different sized balls
Plastic fruit and veg
Old wrappers from crisps, biscuits, cans of drink, wine bottles, beer bottles, jars of mayonnaise, jam, etc (all empty and washed!)
Plastic animals
Laminated pictures of the rich and famous
A toy nurse and doctor set, with two white coats ( from science dept)
A huge skeleton ( Halloween is a good time to look)
A box of clothes in a variety of clothes, baby clothes and very large clothes
Toy household chore items (vacuum cleaner, iron, duster, spray, spong)
Cuttlery and crockery
Musical instruments ( I have 30 maracas and 15 tambourines)
A class set of hotel reception bells
A class set of stop watches
Egg timers – varying sizes
A huge hand drawn head and large laminated hair and eyes in different styles and colours with noses, piercings, lip, teeths and ears
Lotto cards
15 hats of varying sizes and shapes – for thinking skills, or roleplay drama
Small toy modes of transport
Set of giant microphones for speaking tasks
Puppet theatre
Old toiletries containers
Real books and artefacts on my artefact table – paella dish, a tin of snails, a giant nutcracker, sometimes things for students to taste – eg, salami, etc
A range of CDs and DVDs in the TL,
A range of other materials in languages I do not teach but the kids find them fascinating

I have shoe boxes full of stuff I have collected over the years, each shoe box contains a different set of props and each shoe box is clearly labelled on the outside.