ConFluency Short Course
The shortest explanation for
How To Teach, Practice, Test & Play
the ConFluency Games in Your Classroom
Strategies for Teaching the ConFluency Card Game
There are 4 activities teachers should consider before playing the ConFluency Card Game in the classroom:
For Card Set 1-
For Card Sets 2 & 3-
about 5-6 Sentences:
For Card Set 3 (or advanced students)-
Single card games can be played in 10-12 minutes. If students are able to prepare Conversation Primers before class, perhaps as homework, or use previously prepared Primers, and have them in their notebooks (students MUST have a Primer), a single card game, without accuracy checking, can be played in about 15 minutes, including starting and clean-up.
Assuming a single card game finishes in 10-12 minutes, single card games can be played:
Assuming 50 minute class times, the following schedule has worked well (for each new card set). Each 'time' counts 1 card game:
And in addition to the above times:
Regarding small groups playing separate from the whole class:
The original ConFluency Card Games were played (and developed) with 4 students at a time, for 25 minutes, in the school library with the foreign English teacher. Thus, 2 groups of 4 students were able to participate during each 50 minute class; several weeks were required to cycle all of the students into the activity.
May the ConFluency materials help you to feel as fulfilled as I have been, watching my students have fast-paced, fun and real English Conversations!
For information about adapting these methods to the Japanese Ministry of Education’s elementary school 5th & 6th grade curriculum, visit www.ready-set-go-english.blogspot.com
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