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 General GameCorrections Gambling

SUBMITTED BY: Huw Matthews

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: The Japanese love of gambling


DATE ADDED: Dec 17, 2007


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30-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students gamble on their ability to correct English sentences.



  • Sentences that have mistakes in them (not included).



  1. Divide the class into two teams. Write up 10-15 sentences on the board, and tell the class that each one contains a mistake. (Tell them to read the phrases and look for the mistakes as you are writing them up - no time wasted!)
  2. The phrases should be graded according to the level of the kids, and ideally should concentrate on points of grammar and vocabulary which you have studied recently or on typical mistakes which students make.
  3. When you've finished, give each team 100 points. Team A chooses a phrase for Team B to correct - obviously they'll choose a difficult phrase i.e. one they're not sure about! This allows for a bit of friendly nastiness!
  4. Team B decides how many points they'd like to gamble (obviously the more confident they are, the more points they'll gamble), and after consulting for a minute they give their answer. If they identify the mistake, they add these points to their total. If not, they lose them.
  5. Team A then get a chance to pick up bonus points by correcting the phrase - if they can they get the points that Team B bet. This means they will be consulting at the same time, so everyone's brain should be focused on the phrase.
  6. It's then the turn of Team B to choose a phrase for Team A to correct (cross out the phrases already chosen).
  7. The maximum bet should be 100 points, otherwise there is the risk that one team will run away with the game very quickly. The kids like to take a while so I impose a strict time limit for consultation.
  8. It is quite strange to see the level of concentration even from students who usually don't worry too much about how correct their English is.



  • Obviously vary the difficulty according to the level of the students.



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