How to board game is a great speaking/writing activity to describe a process and/or procedure using the appropriate linking words. The activity can be easily adapted to different levels and ages.
I have also included three assignments completed by my students who kindly allowed me to share them online. Thank you.
Time: 30 minutes +
- To describe a process/procedure
- To revise/practise linking words used to describe a process
Materials (Click on the worksheets below to download the PDF files):
- Hand out How to board game to each team/pair or simply display it on the screen if you are working online.
- Before you start the game go through expressions to describe a process e.g. first, once, having, the next step is, next, then, finally etc.
- The teacher or a student throws the die twice – the first throw indicates which column they should use, and the second throw indicates which row, to obtain the question.
- Now student(s) describe a process using the expressions provided. Encourage students to use passive voice and especially the Present Simple Passive. It will instantly make them sound more capable and in control.
- Monitor and make sure students use linking expressions throughout their description. I would also encourage them to use the linking words in the middle of the sentence as well as at the beginning to avoid sounding repetitive. You want your students to sound fluent and natural rather than robotic so discourage them from peppering the entire description with linking words. I have some students who love doing that and it doesn’t always elevate their speech 😉
- Monitor students throughout the activity, correct mistakes and feed them new vocabulary.
- At home ask students to choose one example from the board and do a piece of writing. I have asked my students to do the same and they very kindly allowed me to share their creations on my blog. Feel free to have a look and use the pieces as sources of inspiration because that’s what they are…inspiring 😉