Last week we looked at how you could get started with Kahoot! By now, I suppose you have your account and you’ve looked around. Today, I am going to talk about different kinds of exercises that you can create, all focused on how to teach & practice language.
There are five different kinds of Kahoot! exercises that I have come up with.
Let’s start with the one that is a favorite in workbooks—dehydrated sentences. When you set up Kahoot, you can choose the “JUMBLE” option and this will allow you to have sentence parts presented randomly each time you play. Students will drag the parts of the sentences in the right order on their phones. Please note, that you will can only cut up sentences into 4 parts, so think about how you’d like to challenge your students. I often like to have sentences with two main clauses joined by linking words.
The second type is the most common type to play: Multiple choice options to grammar questions. It works out well to use sentences from other resources or the workbook. You simply need to have between 2 and 4 multiple choice answer options. You can even put in various correct answers, but I find that students don’t like that possibility!
The third way is to use Kahoot for a flashcard activity. You can put pictures up on the kahoot and give students vocabulary options. You could ask a question like “what’s this” so students identify the picture. Or you could put up a picture, say, of school and then ask which word is associated with it. You can also link YouTube videos in with it, so you can play a short segment of a music video and ask students which vocab words they heard.
The fourth way is playing trivia. I have found this a fun way of introducing new vocabulary and promoting discussion. With these, I generally look for a Kahoot on a topic that we are talking about, like health, copy it to my account and then add or delete questions. Many times, Kahoots that have been made for a class in the US has been useful for my English class if I simplify the questions a bit.
The fifth and last way is multiple-choice cloze reading activities. For the Cambridge First exams and other tests, there are reading texts which test 4 different but similar words and their collocations. As an example, there might be a text where we want to contrast and the word choices could be however, despite, although, or but. Depending on the rest of the sentence, only one would be the right answer. For example, you could complete this sentence: I didn’t raise my hand to volunteer ___________ I knew the answer.
I didn’t raise my hand to volunteer although I knew the answer.
So these are the 5 ways I have found of using Kahoots. It’s a great way to keep students challenged, to keep the game fresh and to also be able to adapt Kahoot to what you are teaching.
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