Beginner Cards English for Specific Purpose Global Awareness Intermediate News Requesting Card Games

Where is it From? Requesting Card Game

This is an activity designed for high beginner or intermediate EFL/ESL students to learn more about cultural objects from around the world. This is an English for Specific Purposes activity focused on geography and world culture. It is designed to raise student curiosity about other areas of the world. This activity is fully scaffolded for learners. This is presented in the form of a requesting style card game. These cards were originally designed with a backing print, however the cards do not need to be printed double sided (one side picture, one side the backing print). Print and cut all the cards in the file to make one deck of Shape cards. One deck of cards can then be used by a group of four students to play a requesting card game. Requesting Card Game/ Traditional Go Fish Style Rules for play To play the game have students shuffle the cards. Each student in the group takes five cards. One student goes first. The student says the name of another student in the group and asks the question. The named student responds in one of two ways: Has the card) Yes, I … Doesn’t have the card) No, I… If the responding student has the card, the card is given to the asking student, and the two matching cards as placed face up on the table. If the student does not have the card the asking student takes one card from the deck and the turn goes to the next student. Students play until all the cards are out of the hand, or until the deck is finished. In this game, it would sound like this: A: Alice, do you have something from Australia? B: Sorry, I don’t. A: Oh. (takes a card). B: John, do you have something from Italy? C: Yes, the Leaning Tower is from Italy. (passes card to Alice. Alice puts two cards on the table). Once students are familiar with game play, I will often encourage students to make up new game rules or modify the rules for points and play to support student interest in language use and play. As a follow up activity I will have students choose a famous item from the city and write a paragraph to explain the importance to students. Following I’ll ask students to share the writing with a partner. Once students have applied their personal knowledge, I then ask students in pairs or groups to choose one item and to create a small presentation about that item to be presented to everyone in a following class.

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