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ESL Running Strips

Time: 10-15 minutes

Materials needed: Cassette and transcripts of cassette typed up on strips of paper.

Instructions: This game can be used as a listening exercise as well as as a reading and speaking exercise.

Separate the class into teams of three or four students and line the students up at one end of the classroom. At the other end of the classroom lay the strips on a table or desk so that all of the tape script strips are laying face down and so that each team has one copy of each strip in their pile.

Play the cassette that dictates what is written on one of the strips and then pause the cassette player. When the teacher says “Go!” one student from each team must run to the other end of the classroom and look for the correct strip. The student must then go to the teacher and read what is written on the strip. This must be done with correct pronunciation and without too much hesitation.

If the student has produced the wrong strip the students must then go back to the pile of strips until he or she is able to produce the correct strip.

The first team to bring the correct strip to the teacher is awarded five points. The second student is awarded 3 points for their team and the third team is awarded 1 point. The process is then repeated until all of the strips have been received.

The total teams points are added up and then individual points are awarded depending on the amount of points received as a team (see “The points system explained”)

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