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Using Captur in Class

Ideas for how to use Captur in class, whether you're using Captur with new materials or adapting your existing materials. We're working on articles from games to class management. You'll find activities related to listening, grammar, opinions and more. If you have ideas for variations or extensions for these ideas, please feel free to post comments. (Only registered users can post comments.)

Classroom Sets - Tip 1

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Captur PaddleSome teachers require each student to purchase their own CAPTUR paddle, while other teachers buy a class set. In this short article, we'll look at effective ways of managing class sets of CAPTUR paddles.

What is a class set?

You as the teacher purchase a bunch of CAPTUR paddles, enough to distribute one to each student in your largest class. At the beginning of each class, you distribute the CAPTUR paddles. At the end of the class, you collect the CAPTUR paddles from your students, and then you bring them to your next class.

Managing class sets

A teacher complained to me the other day that some of his students weren't handing their CAPTUR paddles back in at the end of class, so he was faced with a diminishing supply. "What should I do?", he asked. Well, economically speaking, my answer is simple: "Buy more!" But practically speaking, there are steps you can take to avoid this situation.

One paddle, one student

This solution is pretty simple. Here's what you do:

  1. Purchase (or create) enough paddles for your largest class.
  2. With a permanent marker, write a number on each paddle. So, if your largest class has 40 students, you'll take one paddle, and write a "1" on it. The next one, you'll write a "2" on it. Make sure that each paddle has a unique number.
  3. When you get your attendance sheet of the students in your class, write a number next to each student's name. Start at the top and write a "1". The next student is "2". Et cetera.
  4. When you're ready to use the CAPTUR paddles, tell the students that you're going to be giving each one a number, and that they should remember this number. Tell each student the number you have written next to their name on the attendance sheet.
  5. When you want to use CAPTUR in your classes, spread out your CAPTUR paddles on a desk or table top, with the side that you wrote the number on face-up.
  6. Students come to the front of the class to claim their paddles.
  7. Afterwards, the leftover paddles should match your "absent" list.
This way, if one of your paddles goes missing after a class, you'll know who forgot to return it.




Trivia Quiz Surveys with Captur Paddles

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Captur PaddleStudents 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.


Students can work in pairs or groups. The students come up with a trivia question and options.

They also fill in the prediction section -- how many people do they think will answer correctly (all, most, half, some, none)? Why do they think so?

Giving the Survey

You can opt to have students write the options on the board, or to simply say the option aloud. If aloud, have them:

  1. Say the question
  2. Say each option
  3. Repeat the question
  4. Do a "countdown" for the rest of the students to show their answers.
  5. Count the answers, and write them in the "results" section of the handout


Have students fill out the "remarks" section. Here, they can comment on how well or how badly their prediction matched the results. They could speculate on possible reasons for this.

Teams Option

One option is to put students into "teams". You can have more than two teams. The challenge is to have the same number of students on each team. The students can count the number of correct answers for each of the opposing teams, and write the results on the board.


Face Vocabulary

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Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation of -ed

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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/ as in stopped, walked, relaxed
  • /d/ as in arrived, lived, used
  • /id/ as in wanted, needed, hated

Many textbooks contain some kind of activity in which students are given a list of verbs, and they identify which of these sounds is the final sound of the regular past tense. Captur is an ideal way for teachers to find out how well their students understand these sounds.


Storytelling in the EFL classroom

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Storytelling is almost as old a language itself. In fact, some cultures still use spoken stories to pass on information to younger generations because the language is not written down. Storytelling is also not just for children; it covers the entire age range of the population and covers all aspects of life: Explaining where a good hunting area is, passing on culture, entertaining and generally educating. The important thing to remember is that when telling stories, the listener has to do half the work. The listener has to make the image of what is being described; the listener is indeed as creative as the story teller.

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May 21, 2016 at PanSIG Conference in Okinawa We're giving a demonstration of Captur paddles at the PanSIG conference in Okinawa. The conference dates are May 20-23, 2016; complete details are available on the PanSIG conference website.…