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INSTRUCTIONS FOR BATTLE SPACE SHIPS GAME

Go to graphic of playing sheet.

DESCRIPTION:

This game is a way of getting your students to repeat any new structure up to 25 times in a controlled communication pair activity.

Do you remember playing battleships when you were younger? Well this is the same but instead of using numbers and letters as coordinates you use parts of sentences.

HOW TO PLAY THE NORMAL VERSION:

In case you have never played battleships here is an attempt to explain it. Both teams have two grids. In the first grid you put your boats. The position of your boats is indicated by putting crosses in any combination of squares you wish. Each player has 10 boats (In this TEFL version, they can be placed anywhere and it doesn't matter if they touch). Once the players have placed their boats the game can begin. The second grid is where the players keep a record of their attempts to sink the other players boats. Both players keep their piece of paper hidden from the other player. Player 1 starts. He says A7 (for example). Player 2 says "water" because he has no boats in A7. So player 1 puts a cross in square A7 to indicate that it was a miss. If however, player 2 had said "direct hit" because there was a boat in A7 player 2 would have put a circle to indicate that he had sunk that boat. Are you confused yet?

HOW TO PLAY THE TEFL VERSION:

Instead of using letter and number coordinates you use parts of sentences. e.g. If you want to practice asking question in the past. Your "y" coordinates could be: Did you, Did he, Did she etc. Your "x" coordinates could be: go to the beach, get up early. etc. Do you get it? This game can be used to practice any sentence structure. At the most basic level you could have just nouns and adjectives. e.g. Red, blue, green etc .... book, pen, door etc. Alternatively you could use the third conditional or even functions e.g. (Suggestions) Why don't you, Why don't they etc ..... catch a bus, hire a taxi etc.

SUGGESTIONS:

Make a photocopy of the graphic on my web page and fill in the coordinates with the structure of your choice. The 5x5 version takes about 20 minutes to play. You can make your own 4x4 version or any size version with a ruler and pen. The most difficult thing with this game is explaining how to play it. However almost everyone I have ever met has played it as a child. By the way. I have called it battle spaceships bacause it seems better to be killing extraterrestrials rather than your fellow human beings.