A popular way of reviewing in Korean public schools is to use Powerpoint games. Just a quick scan through waygook.org will find you many an example of games where you can input questions about the material just learnt. These games work really well, the kids love them and it makes for a very easy lesson. The one problem I had with them, is that often only one student is working at a time answering the question, the rest are just sitting passively. It’s also a real pain thinking up 40 questions each time that you want to do a quiz. I wanted to come up with something a little better.
I’ve read a lot recently about communicative and unplugged teaching, and moving the focus away from the teacher, and teaching “materials light”. It’s an important thing for me as I have little time to plan, so I’ve been thinking of more ways to shift some of the burden onto my learners (all in the name of learning, of course). All this led me to come up with the quiz below, where the learners are guided into setting the questions for other teams. The way I’ve set it up here, there are 5 types of question: pictionary (draw an animal for your team to guess), charades (act an action for your team), question (ask a question), spelling (spell a word) and sentence (write a sentence). Take a look.
The first times I ran this game it didn’t go that well, as teams took aaaaaages to think of questions, and so the game had no flow whatsoever. What worked better was asking teams to write one item for each question type from every member of their team before the game started. The answering team could choose the team to receive a question from, and that team could choose which of their questions to ask. This worked much better, and made the game much more exciting as the “lucky wheel”* was spinning very regularly.
Obviously the question types can be changed to suit the kind of reviewing you want to do. Mine is only a very rough idea, and I’m sure someone out here could refine this very nicely to fit alongside the elementary textbook. It’s a useful thing to have on your USB drive anyway; anyone familiar with the somewhat unpredictable nature of Korean education will appreciate the need to have a few instant, no-prep activities up their sleeve.
* The “Lucky Wheel” template is not my own work. I downloaded it from waygook.org. I’d love to credit whoever did come up with it, but there’s no information in the Powerpoint file. If you did do it, and you want credit here, please shoot me an email.