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Ask Me Again!: The Best Board Game You Have Never Heard Of

Introduction: this new board game is based on Uckers, which is a variation of the game of Ludo.  I learned to play Uckers in the Royal Air Force in the 1970s and I thought about creating a version of it for the classroom, but the complex rules and somewhat vulgar language of the game, which […]

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Almost all of my “Story Cards”, which are available on BAH 2 CD, were written in 2005 in support of Finding Out by David Paul, after seeing that most so called decodable readers have a vocabulary of under 50 words and, even though they claim to be decodable, they often have up to 20% of […]

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 It began 33 years ago when I started using Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) with my two eldest children, then I used the extended stories with them and with my adult, and senior high school classes, during this time I bought a set of board games which were to be used with ORT Owls (1987). I […]

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In Person can rightfully be described as a excellent idea with a failed execution. The basic idea was to give students practice in transforming simple sentences with the focus on the personal pronouns I, he, she, it, you, we and they, and to make it a multi-level game adverbs of frequency and time were thrown […]

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Books on the bookshelf, standing there awaiting to be read whilst expecting yet another to arrive in the post soon. Escaping into a novel can be pleasant, but delving into a book for teachers is rarely so, so there it stood on the bookshelf until this rare jewel comes knocking on my door to ask […]

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No Dice: U.S. informal: something that people say when you may not or cannot do something: I asked if we could go to the party, but Mom said no dice.   Have you ever set up a board game only to find that you don’t have any dice or counters? The counters are usually not […]

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‘Go Fish!’ style games have been popular with children and adults for hundreds of years and they have been seen as ideal for keeping children quiet on rainy days. As a child I spent many a rainy day playing ‘Happy Families’, an earlier version of Go Fish!, these games would often take an hour or […]

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For a long time I have been thinking to write a blog post about Read! Spell! Do! (RSD) but, although simple to a fault, RSD is so versatile that almost every time I use the game in the classroom I discover another slant to it. In today’s blog I wish to introduce the game and […]

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“Swotting Words” is a good title for this activity, though some of you won’t understand the word “swot”, which is British English for “to study assiduously”; assiduous is hardly the easiest of words in itself. Anyway, you need some flash cards with pictures on one side and words on the other. I have chosen to […]

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Get a Country is not a game I use so often, but every time I get to teach countries with my young students I get this game out as it is less complex than most other country card games and available in Japan. I just wish I could use it with my university students, for […]

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