As I was doing the final review in my college Spanish course, I wanted my students to do an oral review of the course. Therefore, I went through each chapter and found two critical questions that, in pairs, Student A could ask Student B. I wrote these out and I also wrote out some possible answers so that Student A could evaluate Student B’s answer. I found questions and wrote out possible answers that Student B could ask Student A. I repeated the whole process once more.
In class, I gave the pairs three minutes for Student A to ask Student B the questions. Student A could not give any help during the asking of the questions. Student B could skip two questions out of the twelve possible questions. As Student B answered, Student A evaluated Student B’s response as + (good), ? (good but some communication errors), — (did not answer or did not answer the asked question ), or S (Skipped the question) based on the given possible written answer. After the three minutes, Student A told Student B total of all answers with a + or a ?. Then, Student A helped Student B with any problems that he/she had in answering the questions. Next, I started the three minute timer for Student B to ask Student A. I have posted this Spanish Year 1 activity or Year 2 Review activity at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-Answering-Oral-Questions-Review-1-Partner-Talk-709344
The students liked this speaking activity; many students referred to it as a conversation.
How do you review at the end of the course?
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