Assessment. A nightmare of any student. Revision before an exam. A ponderous ordeal. Most students hate it because they find it insipid. It is not always true if you follow a gamification trend and make fun of revision routine. Let us present some best working revision games to get the best of your lessons.
Set a time limit of 1-2 minutes. Ask your students to write down as many words on the revised topic as they can. You can also divide them into groups and give points for each word. To get extra points check the spelling. Ask them to spell the words. They would become really competitive.
Standing up revision
Ask your students to stand up at the beginning of the lesson. Don’t let them sit until they name 1-5 words on the revised topic. They wouldn’t like the standing position, so they are likely to come up with the words really quickly.
Divide students into groups. Write several vocabulary topics on the board. To make it more transparent, put cards with letters of the alphabet in a bag. Take out one letter. Give your students 1-2 minutes to find a word starting with this letter for all the categories (e.g. letter B, categories: personality adjectives, animals, everyday objects; possible words: brave, bear, book). Ask a student from the first finished team to come out and complete all the categories. If they get words for all the categories right, they get a point.
Noughts and crosses or Tic Tac Toe
If you are fed up with the dull routine of doing grammar exercises, try this idea. Take a grid for Tic Tac Toe. Write the prompts for your students to make sentences in the required tense. Write one prompt for each square. You can copy them from a revision exercise from a course book or invent your own. You could divide your students into groups and play it on the board or (better) put them in pairs. A student chooses a square and makes a sentence. If they get it right, they put a nought or a cross correspondingly. The student who gets three shapes in a row (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) wins. Don’t forget about feedback after all.
Take a clean rubbish bin. Take some soft balls or make paper ones. Think of what grammar needs to be revised. Ask your students to make an affirmative/negative/interrogative sentence. If they say it right, give them 5 points and let them shoot. If they shoot the basket, award 5 more points.
Draw a pitch on the board or a large piece of paper. Take a token which you will use as a ball. Divide your students into two teams. Ask them Team A a question or ask them to make a sentence. If they answer correctly, move the ball token towards their opponents’ goal. Then ask Team B. If they give the correct answer, move the ball towards Team A’s goal. If their answer is incorrect, don’t move the token. The first team to get to the opponents’ goal is the winner.
The thirty seconds game
Set a time limit of 30 seconds. Ask your students to speak using the required tense during this limit. For each correct sentence with this tense, they get a point. You could play it in teams or for individual classification.
Games for anything
This is a great way to revise whatever you need. Divide your board into several categories and make each row worth some points. Prepare some tasks for each square. For example, like this:
Ask your student/team to choose a category and do the task. If they do it successfully, they get this number of points. If they don’t succeed, the right to answer this question goes to another team. Then another team has a go. The winner is the team with more points.
Angels, Bombs and Guns
This game might seem a bit complicated, but students really love it. Firstly, you have to prepare two grids. One should be for all the students to see. It can look like this:
The second grid is only for the teacher. It will also contain some secret pictures (angels, guns and bombs).
? — get an extra life
? — take a life from another team
?- lose a life
Divide your students in several teams and draw their “lives” on the board.
Now teams take turns to make sentences with the required words and tense. Team A chooses to use “I” and “banana”. The teacher wants them to use Present Perfect. They say “I have already eaten that banana”. The teacher checks their secret grid and sees that the square with “I” and “banana” has the symbol of a bomb. It means that they lose a life.
Here students feel that they can somehow influence other teams’ destiny and get excited and involved in the process of revising.