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TEACHER’S NOTES

Linkers
by Elena Filimonova, Aislyu Ryukova & Dina Valieva

Teaching notes
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Activity type: Board game


Student grouping: Small groups of two or • The game can be played between the teacher
three students and a student or between teams competing
Time: 10–15 minutes approx. to finish first. You may wish to demonstrate
how to play with a confident student before the
Skills practiced: Listening comprehension, class plays in groups.
phonetic and memory training, production
and accuracy • The game can be played as a fast-paced
Materials needed: One copy of the game warmer, as a review at the end of a lesson or
board per group, one dice per group, one to drill particular vocabulary. You could write
counter for each student on the board a list of the topic/s the students
should stick to when telling their story, or
Summary: This fast-paced speaking vocabulary that they must include.
and listening game increases student
awareness of linking words, which indicate
structure and help with comprehending
both written and audio passages.

Preparation
Explain to students that they are going to play a
board game and the aim of the game is to be the
first group to reach ‘finish’.

Put students into groups of two or three, and give


each group a copy of the board game, along with
a dice and one counter per student. The students
should put all the counters on the first square,
which is marked ‘Start’.

How to play the game

Explain that the first student should roll the dice


and start telling a story, using the linking word
given in the square that they have landed on
(e.g. if they rolled a two, they move their counter
two squares along from the start and use the
word first). The next student then rolls the dice
and has to continue the story using the linker on
their square.

The game continues with the students trying


to construct a logical story using linkers until
one student reaches ‘finish’ and completes the
story. As each group finishes, they should call
out ‘Linkers!’ until they’re all done. Then, the
game could be replayed, either in the same or
different groups.
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