Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Word Battleship

Learning aim

A game for pre-Intermediate and advanced-Intermediate English learners.

  • Listening to and understanding the rules of the game
  • Practicing saying letters and numbers 
  • Understanding and spelling words in English

Game synopsis

Using the traditional format of Battleships, the players attempt to locate words and predict them and their location on the grid.

Resources

  • paper with 10 by 10 gridded squares
  • whiteboard and markers / blackboard and chalk
  • pens, pencils etc.


Preparation

The teacher prepares a crossword like grid with 10 words that are written vertically top to bottom or horizontally left to right and that intersect. All words have to be written like a crossword so that they only form proper words. Do not run words parallel to each other or butt words endtoend!

Each player is given a blank grid to mark off the shots and letters as they and the other players hit them.

The teacher writes on the whiteboard 20 words, 10 of which are already on the grid prepared earlier.


Order of play

  1. In turn each player calls out one of the gird references. (e.g. "A8")
  2. The teacher tells the player if they have:
    • missed
    • hit and what letter was at that grid reference
  3. The player can try to guess either a word or the entire grid. See "scoring" below.
  4. Next player...

Scoring


There are two variants on scoring. One provides quick scoring opportunities throughout the game and the other only gives victory when all words and their positions on the grid have been correctly guessed.

Quick Scoring

After each player calls gets a hit, the player can attempt to guess the word hit. Each word hit gives them a point.

Alternative scoring: To encourage guessing a correctly guessed word scores as many points as there are un hit letters!

The two above variants suit younger children as they get immediate feedback.

Final Victory

At the end of a player's turn - not dependent on hitting or missing a letter - the player can announce they know the grid and bring their paper to be marked by the teacher. The words and their orientation have to be correct.

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