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Introducing the ConFluency Card Game Skills without using Q-Cards 

  Introducing the ConFluency skills in small to large classes can be done with the following Activity Rounds.  The activities are done in odd-numbered groups of 3 or 5 students, so that each student will alternate, not repeatedly duplicate, his or her skill practice.     

  •  Odd-numbered groups of 3 or 5 students can be made in any class size from 8 to 41 students by making 0, 1 or 2 groups of 5 students; the remaining number can be divided into groups of 3 students.  For smaller class sizes, you may need to include yourself in a group.

    Do each activity in the order listed.  Students can usually get through 3 rounds in a 50 minute class.  Students usually do better if you do a preview activity first (preparing a list questions and answers, and/or statements).  Alternatively, a topic can be chosen (and brainstormed) to narrow the focus and vocabulary of the conversations.
Round 1:  Introduces Ask Any Question and Repeat the Same Question.  A-san->B-san. A-san: Ask a question; B-san: Answer the question.  Repeat the question one time to next student in order; that student will ask a new question.  Do 2-3 rounds.  Then, for speed, groups stand, do 2-3 rounds again, and sit down when finished.  (Ex: A->B: Do you like sushi? B: Yes, I do. B->C: Do you like sushi? C: No, I don’t. C->A: Do you play tennis? A: No, I don’t. A->B: Do you play tennis? B: No, I don’t. B->C: new question.)

Round 2:  Introduces A + 1 AnswerA-san->B-san (A+1):  Same as Round 1, but answer with a 2-part answer (Yes, I do.  I like cake, too.).  2-3 rounds.  Then, for speed, groups stand, do 2-3 rounds again, and sit down when finished. To help the students make 2-part answers, write on the blackboard, and introduce the usage of,                And..../But,..../...don’t.../...,too.

 
Round 3:  Introduces Ask Another Question: Same as round 2, but this time instead of repeating the previous question, the answering student changes/substitutes one or more words in the previous student’s question (give examples on the blackboard--Do you like sushi? -> Do you like fruit? or -> Do you make sushi?).  Then, for speed, groups stand, do 2-3 rounds again, and sit when finished.

 
Group Rotations:  If more than 10-15 minutes remain, continue with Round 3, but in new groups.  Draw a rotation diagram on the  blackboard, and ask the --est students to move to the new group.  Time the activity for 2 or 3 minutes.  No standing for speed.  This play style is the same as Hot Potato.  See the link for more info.

 
Paired Row Races:  With 10-15 minutes left at the end of the class, students return to their seats (and form rows), and do paired row races/practice in the same pattern as the last finished round.   (See
Doing the Q-Card Activity here.)  Students can exchange preview papers first to get a new set of questions.