Thursday, October 05, 2006

Thursday is Game Day

One of the things that Deborah does with her tutoring students is to have "game day" every Thursday. The student in question gets to invite a friend, and play games which exercise their English skills. It's been a surprisingly effective and very popular technique. A lot of the games are created specifically for the task at hand—here Deborah is creating a soccer field, while I decorate a plastic cap to look like a soccer ball. (I get called in to draw the tricky bits.) You start in the center, and take turns; if you answer a question right, you move towards your goal.

One of the interesting side effects is that this makes the tutored student rather popular—when classmates hear that he gets to invite another person to go play games each week, they all want to be chosen! Having friends to is a great way to learn a language!

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