Thursday, July 6, 2017

Learning Foreign Words

Foreign Language with paper game

Additional options 
    As the pupils gain experience in playing the game it is possible to add new functions to it to preserve the pupil’s interest in playing the game. 
    Fragments of the French words may be added to the game field (highlighted in yellow).

On the one hand, the player receives not a single French letter at once, but a few. But on the other hand, he/she has to collect letters for only one or a few words the fragment of which is issued to him/her. If you enter fragments of long words in game, it is desirable to place the greater part of the word on the card.
    For example, for the word LE CONTENU it is necessary to use the CONT... card.

Foreign Languages

    At the same time, if the card allows making several French words, it is not taken from the game field. For example, CONT... card allows making the words LE CONTENUCONTROLE and etc. When all options are used, such card is removed from the game field and replaced with a usual card with a letter or a card with a figure (see below). This game "OFLAMERON" variant should be offered to already experienced players or played with the teacher. This variant is convenient for learning new words.

    Cards with numbers 

    Cards with numeric values allow implementing the system of bonuses and making the game more interesting.
    A few game scenarios with numerical cards can be used:
    - the player gets automatically the specified number of points to his/her score and has the right to name the French word and throw the die once again;
    - the player receives the right to choose by himself as many French letters as is specified on the card (2 or 4), announce the word and throw the die once again. The player can choose letters he/she needs to make the word;
    - the player acquires the right to throw the die so many times at a run, to move the game piece and to collect letters as many times are specified on the card (2 or 4 times), but at the same time he/she may announce one made word.
    The specific manner of use of the numerical cards is agreed before the game.
    It is possible to introduce drawing up whole phrases in the game for advanced pupils. For this purpose, the card with a triangle face value is used in the game. 

If the game piece of the player occupies such a card with the triangle, the teacher issues to the participant the cards prepared in advance with the phrases lacking a part of letters. For example, ...GUE ETRA...RELANGUE ETRANGERE”). Here it is necessary to specify the translation of the phrase to be made. It is possible to adjust finely the complexity of the task for the players by changing the quantity of the missing letters in phrases. It should be done by the teacher.
    In usual variant the game "OFLAMERON" takes 2-3 hours. It is not always convenient. You can use the blitz version of the game. It requires from the player to announce a Spanish word beginning with each letter which is occupied by his/her game piece on the game field. The made words are written down in the leaflet to avoid repetitions. Points are counted in the same manner as in the previous variant of the game.
    Blitz game lasts for 20-30 minutes until a player is not able to announce a French word.
    Such a training may be carried out in any conditions. If you have no ready cards with letters, you can easily make them of any paper. You are just to know the rules of the game.
    If to replace French letters with letters of other alphabet, it becomes possible to learn any European language.
    Free for learning and publications. (c) by 
Valery Shmeleff

Foreign Language with paper game

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