Learning aimA 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 synopsisUsing the traditional format of Battleships, the players attempt to locate words and predict them and their location on the grid.
- paper with 10 by 10 gridded squares
- whiteboard and markers / blackboard and chalk
- pens, pencils etc.
PreparationThe 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
- In turn each player calls out one of the gird references. (e.g. "A8")
- The teacher tells the player if they have:
- hit and what letter was at that grid reference
Quick ScoringAfter 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.