Team Retell

Wow, this has been a productive weekend – this is the third idea I’ve found while scouring the web for TPRS ideas. This idea comes from a combination of Cynthia Hitz and Martina Bex. You can use this activity after a story to get students speaking without calling on specific students and forcing them to speak. First, split the class in half and have both sides of the class stand up. Students take turns saying sentences from the story and receive points or lose points as follows:

  • Five (5) points for each NEW (previously unsaid) sentence from the story that is said by a team member that has NOT already contributed
  • Three (3) points for each NEW (previously unsaid) sentence from the story that is said by a team member that HAS ALREADY contributed.
  • One (1) point for each sentence from the story that has already been said, as long as it is said by someone that has NOT already contributed. Even though it’s a repeat, the goal is to get kids talking in a low-pressure situation and to get in repetitions of the structures.
  • Zero (0) points for each sentence from the story that has already been said, if it said by someone that HAS ALREADY contributed. This will prevent kids from just repeating one or two statements forever.

Sources: Cynthia Hitz, Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input AND Martina Bex, The Comprehensible Classroom

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