I made this grid (based on the retrieval grid idea) to help my IGCSE English as a 2nd language class focus on their accuracy and range of grammatical structures and vocabulary before their Speaking exams. We used the grid to play a game: in pairs, students chose a square and produced a sentence on an agreed topic. The rest of the class have to say whether they think the grammar structure has been used accurately or not. My students: “Miss, I hate this game! Can I have another go?”
It can be used to expand vocabulary too - students can generate their own vocabulary on a topic, decide how sophisticated it is and therefore how many marks should be given, and fill in their own grid to play in pairs.
Print off the grids and laminate them or project them onto a whiteboard.
While I used this for EAL students, it could equally be used in MFL classes. The game could easily be adapted for writing, too.
To get top marks for writing, students need to use a “consistently appropriate style and register for the task type” and have an “excellent sense of purpose and audience” (from the mark scheme). I made this for my IGCSE E2L class to help them revise for their exams.
I recommend printing and laminating the board(s). You will need dice and counters.
Make sure the students are aware of the instructions (written on the board) - there are different consequences, depending on whether they get it right or not.
There are 4 square where they can choose someone else to answer for them. As a class, you can decide whether this person should always answer to the best of their knowledge, or whether they can choose to answer incorrectly (which presupposes they know the correct answer!)
Also included are the answers - Text Type Analysis completed - and a blank document. Students could either fill it in before playing or after.