One thing I'm going to start after half term is my own rewards system just for my two Year 11 classes. Hopefully the prospect of winning a chocolate bar might motivate them a bit!
My students have been given two booklets this year:
1. One with their a progress tracker sheet, vocabulary lists and a sheet on recognising tenses, as well as a checklist of what revision resources are available to them;
2. And the other with links/QR codes to useful websites, mini vocabulary tests and Gianfranco Conti's 'revision quickies' sheets, plus some of my own, all separated into the different topics.
I made PowerPoints with lots of little vocabulary revision and reading exercises for each of the topics. I often start my lessons with one of these on the board ready. I uploaded these to TES back in 2014 and I'm amazed at how many people have given positive feedback. Thanks people!
I've been using Memrise with my students for quite some time now and it's still my favourite vocab learning site - click here for more details.
My Year 11s absolutely adore Kahoot and I can barely get through a lesson without them nagging to play it - click here for more details.
Give the students at least one domino card each and give them a bit of time to translate the words on their cards using a dictionary or WordReference. One student starts by reading out the Spanish word on their card and other students have to listen out carefully as they may have the English translation on their card. Whoever has the card reads out the English word, then the Spanish word. The game finishes when you get back round to the first card. Students should get quicker once they've done this a few times.
I have packs of vocabulary cards for each of the topics and I've had these printed on different coloured card, so that it's easy to know which pack the cards are from when they get dropped on the floor. You can download these sets of Spanish vocabulary from my TES.
Most of my students have a copy of these now and I often use them at my after school revision sessions. I give the students a bit of time to read through the vocabulary pages in the revision guide and we discuss what vocabulary they already know. I've found it helps to think of silly ways to help them remember the new vocabulary. Rebecca Wylie (@reebekwylie on Twitter) talks more about memory hooks on her blog.
We then do a mini vocab quiz with sweets as prizes, followed by the relevant reading and listening exercises in the workbook. We also discuss what techniques could be used for each of the exercises.
Normally for listening exercises students will note down any key vocabulary and we then discuss things what things they may need to listen out for in that exercise e.g. negatives and connectives such as 'sin embargo'.
I used the Crossword Puzzle Maker site to create crosswords which I sometimes use as starter activities. I ask students to try to complete the crosswords without looking at the translations if they can. Click here to download Spanish crosswords for all topics.
So far, I've only done this with my revision classes, but I plan to start doing this in lessons after half term. I bought mini packs of Jenga fairly cheaply from eBay and numbered each of the tiles. I say a word in Spanish and if the student knows the English translation they get to remove a Jenga tile. The number on that tile is the amount of points they get and the aim of the game is to gain as many points as possible.
I bought a child safe dartboard from Poundland and this has been so popular with my Y11s, particularly the boys. Just do the same as you would with Jenga.
My students love this as it's so silly. It's a good one for an end of lesson quiz. Students are in teams and each team has one of these buzzers which I bought from Amazon. Ask questions and the first one to buzz in gets to answer. The team with the most correct answers wins. Don't do this one if you want a nice quiet lesson!
Each student has a card with a word or a phrase on it and the translation below. Students walk around the room reading out their card and trying to translate each other's. If they both translate correctly they get to swap cards. The more swaps the better. Rebecca Wylie shared the idea on her blog to mark one of the cards as a card not to have at the end of the game, or to have a secret card which could earn them extra points.
LanguageGym - Gianfranco Conti's website for vocabulary revision
Linguascope - More vocabulary revision games