Monday, 20 April 2015

Battleships

We've all played Battleships at some point in our lives, reading out coordinates and trying to guess where our opponent has placed their ships. But, with a bit of effort, it can be used in the classroom.
This is an editable PDF (you can edit it using just about any PDF reader, see the link below to download one if you haven't already). There is space to label each square. So, instead of coordinates such as A1, B7 or E4 you can create language point coordinates. As a few examples, you could have;

- People and places,
- Food and prices,
- Objects and prepositions, or
- Dates.

Your students, whether in pairs or groups, place their ships on the squares they want (vertical and horizontal only) before the other team asks, for example, "Is mother in the park?". If their is a ship in the corresponding square, it can be marked as a hit. Once the ship has been hit on each square, it is sunk.

Each sheet has your ocean, for placing your ships, and their ocean, for marking the hits and misses.

This is great for practicing the question form of a structure. The only thing I will add is that altho it is an easy game for us, do not be filled. It is tricky to explain to your students, although not impossible, and takes a little time an preparation. I have played, very successfully, with some rather young learners (6-7 year olds) in the past. Older students are able to play in pairs, younger ones play best in groups.
(If you use a Mac, you can edit the PDF using Preview)

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