Kia ora. I’m Annelise Borger, a
Professional Expert at Future Learning Solutions Center for languages. Today I’m
going to introduce to you a vocabulary revision game that I like to call ‘The
Nose Game’. The name of this game can be translated into different languages, if
you like, for example, in Chinese I like to call it 鼻子游戏. This game
is suitable for students from year four to year thirteen, but could be played with
younger students if they are a bit more mature. The Nose Game is played by the
whole class divided into small groups of two to six students. I usually start with
groups of four. The students will be seated around a desk or they could also
sit on the floor in a circle. It is good to allow at least 15 minutes to play
this game. To play this game you will need a set of 8 to 15 small flash cards, with pictures for each group or characters if you are playing with an
Asian language. In regard to health and safety, this game involves all the
students slapping cards in the middle of a circle, so please encourage gentle
slapping, as students have known to get hurt if the slapping gets too
enthusiastic! Keep it fun – don’t make the game overly competitive
otherwise some students may get stressed or upset. As for all classroom games, it
is important to encourage all students to participate but if an absolutely
necessary make sure that your allow students to opt out of the game if they
don’t feel comfortable; not if they just don’t want to play! Your classroom should
always be a safe space for everyone so please monitor your students as you go. To play the game have students arrange the cards picture or character side
up in the center of the table. In the target language, instruct students
to put their hand on their nose. When everyone is ready say one of the words
from the picture cards in the target language. Students look at the cards and
place their hand over the card you said. The quickest student then takes that card
out of the game and places it in front of them. Instruct students to place their hands
on their noses again. Say another word. Continue until there is only one card
remaining. For the final round, you can say any word,
but the students must only react to the word of the final card. If they slap for
the wrong word they are disqualified for the rest of
that round. The game ends when all the cards have been slapped and removed. Students count up their cards, and the player with the most cards is the winner. For an added extra, you could play an
ultimate winners’ game where the winners from each table play a final game
together to find the ultimate winner. Other students can watch on or continue
to play in different groups. Thanks for watching we hope that you and your
students enjoy playing this game in your language classroom. If you have any
questions please feel free to contact me at [email protected] Check out the description for a link to a Padlet for downloadable instructions and
extended versions of the game. We’ve also created a list of formulaic expressions
in 12 different languages. In addition, there is a table highlighting how the
Ellis principles are at play during this game. For more game instructional
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