Most students will find revision boring - this is mainly because they think staring at the page will do!!! Unfortunately, as much as I stare at the kettle, the cup of tea does not just magically materialise in my hands!!
I find this strategy is useful for an active and creative approach to homework. Please model with students by challenging them to memorise a sentence, make it longer and longer each lesson... they get seriously involved!!!! Examples in French and Spanish but concept is applicable to any language.
These flashcards can be useful as a bookmark for students (cut in half, fold, paste) or as a set 4 flashcards (perhaps joined by a tag) that can be handed out at the beginning of each lesson and collected at the end. They will enable students to use TL when communicating with teacher and also with each other when doing pair work or games. Enjoy!
End your lessons with a bang !
Use this game as a plenary activity. This can be used for any subject and any year. E.g. MFL – translation of vocabulary
Maths – answers to sums. History – dates, facts
I personally have used it for pupils to translate vocabulary covered in a topic, scaffolding questions, starting with single words and then building up to more complex sentences.
How to run the activity:
Split the class into two groups or more.
Teacher asks a question to each group.
Teacher selects by hands up (or miniwhiteboards, or team discussion).
Teacher selects a pupil to give the answer.
If the answer is correct – pupil can choose a mine.
If there's a coin under the bomb - one point for your team
If there's an explosion under the bomb - lose one point
If there's a super bomb - the rubber duck of the evil clown - lose 2 points.
The team with the most points wins!