Reading a post over at Burndog's Burnblog this morning has me thinking. Some D-bags complaining about games in class. Games are fucking great, so long as you basically use them as complete and total manipulation of the little guys' feeble minds, in which they only really think they are playing a game, but actually they are practicing English. Fucking sneaky, I know.
I know almost everyone has got finals coming up soon, and some of the behavior and focus in classes is probably getting a bit shit, but a lot of material still needs to be covered, so I wanted to just give a quick suggestion.
You all know Bingo is a shit game, right? Like, it's actually the most boring game on the face of the fucking planet, other than Hangman, which is just really incredibly shit. You should never play Bingo for more than five minutes, max. But. I've found a way to use it in class that makes it kind of a five minute reward that makes the students do their shit. And I can't take credit for this, because I actually got the idea from a book, but it can work with almost any question/answer target language lesson.
Basically, instead of having the little bastards practice a dialogue, which we all know they will avoid doing at all costs, you have them write down their answer to the dialogue, and then you give them a blank Bingo card. Then, instead of "practicing with their partner", they are now "making their Bingo card to play the game". They have to walk around and ask every fucker (at least 16) for their answer and their name, and record them on their cards. Then, you take up all of the students' answers, write the Q and A on the board with appropriate blanks, and you ask the question. For example, "What did Jinho have for dinner last night?"
Kids who have Jinho written on their card raise their hands and you choose one, who has to use the A on the board to answer you. "Jinho had bulgogi for dinner last night!" Then, everyone marks out Jinho. You don't even have to give them candy for this shit. Just their viciously competitive natures alone will carry you on this one, and meanwhile they've asked and answered the question 16 times, as well as listened to you ask and their classmates answer the question like 20 more times. And even the biggest asshole amongst them will get his life together and get his ass out of his chair and go do what he should be doing, too (or at least bellow across the room at weaker students to come over and give him their answers), because he doesn't want to be the loser with a blank card who just has to sit there sad and alone when we play the game.
I use this for the really shitty lessons that there's really nothing else to be done with. The kids resent me less, afterward. It's nice.
Use it, don't abuse it. If they get too used to anything, then they start to view it as the enemy. But I thought I'd throw that out there. Good luck, comrades.