I am giving my intermediate and advanced classes a vocab test next Tuesday, so I dropped everybody by the computer lab to let them work on their vocab using Study Stack and play with the words a bit.
Sort of. Before they get to play hangman or bug match or any other vocab game they like, I provide 8 words from the list of 25 I want to focus on. Advanced students have to use them to write a story, intermediate students can give me one sentence per word. After they turn that in using Moodle, off they may go.
With the stories from the advanced students, I looked through all of the them and retyped them with perfect grammar. I don’t add anything that they aren’t already trying to do, but just polish up the writing a bit so that it is still very recognizable as their own. Tomorrow in class we’ll go through and read all of the stories (perfect versions) so they can see what they’re coming up with, and we’ll play with those. At the same time, though, I will be handing each student a printout of their original version next to the perfect version I redid for them. I have them look through the differences and identify which things they need to work on: phrasing, vocab, word order, etc. Personally, I hate correcting papers (pointing out the mistakes) and for me this is a way to provide positive feedback while still giving them useful ideas to work on grammar wise. They’ve always enjoyed this activity in the past, and the advanced students are usually grateful for the feedback. We’ll see how it runs tomorrow.