I love ideas that simply come out of nowhere. My colleagues sometimes share their ideas and teaching tips that are extremely handy and appealing. That’s why I try to find a chance to use them as soon as possible. Today I was thrilled to have massive revision with my Intermediate students, following the idea of one of my colleagues Darya. I would call it Yummy Revision, and soon you’ll find out why it is so.
The idea is fairly simple. You should get a pack of M&M’s or any other brand of coloured candy. They serve like teaching aids for creating tasks for end-of-course revision.
Step 1. Check the colours of M&Ms you have and cut out paper circles (one for each colour).
Assign each colour a category/topic for revision (e.g. Green: Decision making, Yellow: time-
management etc.) Stick the circles on the whiteboard.
Step 2. Divide your group into minigroups. Pour M&Ms or any other multicolour candy into
3 bowls (I had 3 mini groups). Make sure the number of candies is equal in each, say, 9.
Step 3. And here we go Explain students that each group should come up with as many
tasks/exercises on a topic as they have candies of the same colour.
E.g. There are 3 green candies in their bowl (Green: Decisionmaking), so they think of 3
different exercises/tasks/activities on the topic. ( Make sure you elicit types of possible tasks before –explanation, correcting mistakes, using the right preposition, gapfilling, providing synonymous phrases etc.)
As a result all your students are engaged, they revise target vocabulary, collaborate. After the class ask each group to send what they come up with to you by email, so that you
could check if everything in their tasks is fine.
Next class? It’s up to you have a competition using those activities, or pick the best ones, or
have them exchange their tasks etc.
And, of course, let them eat the candies at the end of the class they’re really well deserved.
I’m posting this large quote, it’s how my colleague explained the activity.
So, today I was having the funniest class ever. It was fantastic to help students to create their tasks, to support lower ones and to ask the stronger to support the lower too. And yep, we ate those candies just after the lesson, sitting together on the sofa in the middle of the office and sharing our smiles and laughs.
And here comes a photo:
I would love to thank Darya for this amazing experience!
This really made my day and I’m happy to share with you.
Thanks for reading!