Level: Advanced/ Proficiency
Location: Connected Classroom
Skills Focus: Reading
Language Activity: Dictionary work
Language focus: Translating words
This is a very fast paced timed game based on a scene from the block busting film the Hunger Trials. This activity was designed to be played by a monolingual class and it helps if you the teacher has a level of proficiency in the language to act as referee if any disputes arise over translations. Otherwise, rely on your learners sense of fair play.
Make sure you have enough dictionaries for each learner in the class.
Hangman The Hunger Games
Ask learners if they have seen it. Ask them to tell the class what it is about.
Tell them they are going to play a game based on the part of the film where they the contestants start to play the Hunger Games.
Ask a learner to tell the class what happens. What decisions the players make and why.
Hand out the dictionaries
Rules of the game
Divide the class into three teams (districts). Each learner has a dictionary. Decide which team is going to go first. That team chooses a contestant to be in the hunger games. That person stands up. The game starts. The contestant reads the text. If someone from the other team puts their hand up the contestant has to answer a vocabulary question about the text they have read. If they can answer the question correctly they can continue unless someone else has a question about a different vocabulary item. The contestant has 30 seconds to get as far as possible through the game. When the game finishes the game passes to the next team (district). The game continues round the class until the teacher declares a winner.
Give your learners the game address so they can go and play the game at home. They play to practice and prepare for a single round of the game at the end of next class.
If your learners liked this game they may like to play this one at home or on multiple computers:
Tell them that if they win or figure out how to win you’d like them to tell you. You can then ask them to explain their strategy to the class.