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Translation Game

Translation Game

Students translate a sentence several times to and from English and their native language. An ESL writing warmer ideal for monolingual classes.

Level:  Elementary

Topic:  Warmer

Grammar:  Present simple

Time:  15 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the Handout for each group of four students. 

Procedure

1

Ask the students to get out a sheet of paper and get into groups of four.

2

Ask the groups to form a line and sit down. The front of the line should face the board. Students should not face each other.

3

Go to the back of the room, and give the last person in each line a copy of the Handout.

4

Students in the back of the line, #4 Students, translate the sentence from the Handout into their native language and write the new sentence on their sheet of paper. Then, they give the translated sentence (not the Handout) to the person in front of them, #3 Students.

5

Next, #3 Students translate the sentence from their native language back to English and write the new sentence on their sheet of paper. Then, they give the English sentence to the person in front of them, #2 Students.

6

Next, #2 Students translate the English sentence to their native language and write the new sentence on their sheet of paper. Then, they give the translated sentence to the person in front of them, #1 Students.

7

Finally, #1 Students translate the sentence from their native language back to English and write the new sentence on the board.

8

The first group to finish and write the sentence on the board gets two points.

9

Check the sentences on the board after all the groups have finished.

10

Groups with correct sentences get four points. Sentences with one mistake get three points. Sentences with two mistakes get two points. Sentences with three mistakes get one point.

11

Ask the students to stand up and move one seat forward. Students at the front of the line go to the back.

12

Continue in the same way with the remaining sentences from the Handout.

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