Students can have fun making trivia questions, asking them to their classmates and recording the responses. This article goes with a photocopiable worksheet that you can use with your students.
Unline survey activities, quiz activities have correct answers to them. With quiz activities, the teacher is able to see at a glance how many students understand the content. This helps us decide to move on to something else, or circle back and offer more explanation. We may see that only a few students don't get it, so we can give them some individual attention later on. For the students, quiz activities get them thinking about the answer to your question, and these activities "push" them to provide an answer. They maintain an active attention during class, which some students say helps keep them awake and focused. Since they have to show you an answer, they cannot just "zone out" during these activities.
The regular past tense in English is formed by adding "ed" to the verb. This past tense regular verb ending has three distinct sounds ("t", "d", and "id"). Captur is an ideal way for teachers to find out how well their students understand these sounds.
It's usually pretty difficult for my Japanese students to make the distinction between "thirteen" and "thirty", even at the lower intermediate level. Often, when they say a number like 16, it sounds like "sixty", and when you repeat the number in English to confirm it ("Did you say sixty?"), they say "yes, 16." This page talks about using Captur Paddles with words that sound similar.
Ditransitive verbs have two objects. For example, "I'll cook you dinner." These verbs can cause students problems. (That's another ditransitive verb; these verbs can cause problems for students.) This article explores ideas for teaching students more about these verbs.
With this activity, teachers can review vocabulary with their students. This includes some listening practice, too.
When the textbook has listening comprehension or reading comprehension activities that feature three correct and one false answer, it can be a challenge to elicit students' answers in class in a way that helps you understand how well each of the students have done on the activity. But when students show their answers with their Captur paddles, you get an answer out of every student, and you will know how unanimous (or not) the consensus is.
This short article gives you an overview of using Captur with textbook worksheet activities, such as multiple-choice questions and fill-in-the-blank questions.
Most English conversation textbooks contain model dialogs for students to practice. Usually, these model dialogs are included on a course CD or as a downloadable mp3 file. Here are some ideas about using Captur to focus students' attention while they listen to these dialogs. The point here is to focus students' attention on the dialog they're supposed to be listening to. The teacher shouldn't try to get perfect responses from the students; it's enough to know that they're all staying attentive to the dialog (and, with Captur, the teacher can see how well they're doing).
This activity is more challenging for students, because it checks their understanding of the sentences while also asking them to process some new information. If the textbook contains sentences that the students have just finished working on, then the teacher reads out a sentence in the first person, and adds a second sentence. Students use Captur paddles to let you know if the second sentence logically follows from the first, or at least shares a logical connection.
In English conversation classes, one popular activity is "Find Someone Who". These activities require students to use the right question structure. Captur paddles can help review question structures before students do the "Find Someone Who" activity.