¡Alto!

My students LOVE this game and request it almost daily.  One thing I strive to do is to make learning fun so I’m always on the search for great learning games- not games that will just kill time but games that will really help my students with their language learning.  I came across the vocabulary review game ALTO a few years ago on the http://www.bablingua.com blog, tried it and I absolutely love it and thought it would be worth sharing.  It’s basically like the game scategories where you are given several categories and have a certain amount of time to complete them.  This is the same idea.

To play, first create a table with several columns- one for each topic you’d like to review/practice.  Then to play you just give your class a letter and their task is to complete each category with a word that begins with the letter you gave them.  I don’t usually time them and the group who calls out ALTO first gets a point. Below is an example of what we did today in class.   I do mine on the board and the students just use scrap paper but you could always make up a board in word.  Another important thing to remember is to prepare the letters ahead of time, especially at the novice level where they don’t have too much vocabulary.

What games do you play in class?

Alto board

2 thoughts on “¡Alto!

  1. A group of Mexican students taught me this game, calling it “¡Basta!” We translated the rules and played it in English class as “Stop!” Their favorite part was dividing up the points among multiple (like 15 or 20) players. We made the whiteboard into a giant scorecard.
    http://bilinguish.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/stop/

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