On Thursday, Scotland will hold a referendum to decide whether or not to become an independent country. If the answer is 'Yes', Scotland will leave the UK. To mark this potentially momentous event, I've created a quiz to test my students' (and your) knowledge of Scotland and things Scottish. You can either use the Slideshare version below or download this PDF version(the answers are given in both cases).
NOTE FOR TEACHERS There are 25 questions in the quiz, which can be used in various ways. If you have a videoprojector in your classroom, you could use the Slideshare version with the whole class (perhaps working in teams). Alternatively, you could print off copies of the PDF version and get your students to work individually or in groups to find the answers. And why not have a prize for the team/student with the most correct answers? Something Scottish would be appropriate, such as a packet of shortbread biscuits!
I wanted to use this video with my students in the multimedia lab to do some work on using the passive to describe a process. However, rather than producing the usual paper-based questionnaire to accompany it, I thought I would use Quia to make an interactive online quiz. (In case you didn't know, Quia is a site which allows you to create your own educational games, quizzes, surveys, and web pages - and it's great!) Anyway, you can find the quiz here, a transcript + English-French glossary here, and a PowerPoint presentation here. I bought a packet of Tyrrell's crisps and got the students to guess what flavour they were, which made a tasty introduction to the class (it was Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, in case you're interested).
NOTE The quirky Tyrrell's website is full of interesting stuff like product information and games. If I'd had more time, I would have included some activities based on that. Another time, perhaps ...
LESSON IDEA 1. Put your students in groups and get them to brainstorm vocabulary (people & things) connected with Scotland. 2. Get feedback, and put ideas on board. 3. Now show them the Telegraph picture gallery (you will need a videoprojector and an internet connection), and get them to identify the people, places and things. Award points for correct answers. You can hide the captions by scrolling the web page up or down.
A good idea for a lesson at this time of year is to look back at what happened around the world over the previous 12 months. This slideshow forms the basis of a quiz about people and events that made the news in 2012. I created it for use in class with my EM Normandie students. The quiz is in two parts. To see the questions and answers for the first part (and get the hyperlinks to work), you'll have to download the PowerPoint version and check the Comments for each slide.
I put the class into teams of three students. For Part 1, I asked each team in turn to choose a question, and gave them a maximum of three points depending on how complete their answer was. If they couldn't answer, I threw it open to the rest of the class. In Part 2 (Who Is It?), the first team to give the correct answer got a point. The winning team won a packet of Hobnob chocolate biscuits (it is Christmas, after all).
I produced this quiz to use with my EM Normandie students as part of a lesson on the U.S. election. There are 15 multiple choice questions. You can find a version with answers after the initial quiz on slides 17-52.
I got an email from Timothy Due, asking me to review Quickworksheets, a website he founded that allows users to create a variety of vocabulary and grammar worksheets online. So here goes ...
OVERVIEW I signed up for a free account, which gave me access to three worksheet generators: Word Scramble, Basic Wordsearch Maker and Minimal Pair Word Tree (a Premium Account costs $2.99 a month and unlocks a further 15 worksheet generators and other additional features).
1. Word Scramble automatically jumbles the spelling of up to 20 words and generates a worksheet with letter spaces for the correct spelling of each word. You can choose difficulty options such as whether to display hints or a word box. See example here. 2. Basic Wordsearch Maker automatically fits up to 12 listed words into a grid of letters. Students find the words, that are placed either vertically, horizontally or diagonally within the grid. See example here. 3. Minimal Pair Word Tree creates a listening tree exercise from 5 sets of minimal pairs. At each juncture the teacher speaks one word from the pair, and the students follow the path, listening at each juncture, to arrive at the correct number at the bottom of the tree. The exercise can be repeated multiple times using the same worksheet. See example here.
You can find examples of the 15 other paid worksheet types here.
Finished worksheets can be downloaded as a PDF file or as HTML for editing in a word processor (premium members only), and are stored online for easy access.
Another useful feature is the fact that members can share the worksheets they have created (there are currently 160 available).
VERDICT There are plenty of free online worksheet generators available, (see here, here and here, for example), but most of them are cluttered with ads, and I couldn't find any that are as well-designed and easy-to-use as Quickworksheets. The variety of worksheet types available, including crosswords, multiple-choice quizzes, and bingo grids, is impressive. However, the cherry on the top (or the icing on the cake, if you prefer) is the fact that the worksheets are fully customisable. If, like me, you spend a lot of time creating worksheets for your students, it's definitely worth thinking about signing up for a premium account.
A new tool has just been added to the excellent Road To Grammar website. Now you can create a multiple choice quiz and save it on Road To Grammar for your students (or whomever) to use. No log-in is necessary, but you can add a password if you like. When you finish creating and uploading the quiz, you will get a unique URL where the quiz will be located. Click here to see an example, and click here to create your own quiz.
COMMENT Only three answer choices are allowed. An option to create four would have been useful, especially for teachers preparing students for the TOEIC and similar exams where four choices are standard.