Juego Divertido

Juego Divertido is a cleverly-named game I like to use in class to practice grammar and vocabulary.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • Game boards (enough for however many groups you want): I like to print out, blow up, and color my own. This link has some great blank boards. Just print one off and number it. It’s as simple as that.
  • Dice (1 per group)
  • Instructions (1 per group)
  • Playing pieces (enough for each student)

Here’s how you play:

1. Pass out supplies to each group. I like to use groups of about four students, which means I need about eight game boards, dice, and instructions.

2. Tell them how to play! Here is a sample of what I pass out to the students: juego divertido. The basic instructions are to have each student take turns rolling the dice.

  • 1 = move back one space (without answering any questions)
  • 2 = answer the question for the space you are on now (If CORRECT, move ahead two spaces. If INCORRECT, move back two spaces).
  • 3 = move ahead three spaces (without answering any questions)
  • 4 = translate ALL the questions up to and including the space you are on now (If ALL are correct, move ahead five spaces. If ANY are incorrect, move back two spaces).
  • 5 = lose a turn
  • 6 = roll again

The unique feature of this game is that it is designed to have questions repeated over and over again. Since there are so many options on the dice that can have students go back or answer previous questions, it works really well to put the trickiest questions in the beginning and the easier ones at the end. After playing the game 15 or 20 minutes they will be experts on questions 1-5, because they will have heard those questions over and over again.

I like to use this game each chapter. It is so easy to change out questions to make them more vocabulary-based, grammar-based, or a combination of the two.

3. Enjoy!

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