This is good for getting students to listen to others when reading a text.

Everyone has a copy of the text to read along.  One person starts reading it… if they make a mistake, or someone thinks they do, they shout ‘Rhubarb!’ (in the Target Language, naturellement) and tell you what they think went wrong.  If they had in fact made a mistake, the student who shouted out ‘rhubarb’ takes over reading and wins a point for their team (usually boys v girls/sides of the room/the usual groupings).  If they hadn’t made a mistake, the student who was originally reading gets a point for their team and carries on reading.

It means students actually listen to others and are focussing on pronunciation.  Feel free to do a summary afterwards of common mistakes that were missed, as there are always some!

This also works in pairs and small groups.

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I'm a French and Spanish teacher with a passion for ICT. My blog seems to be mainly how-to-guides and reviews of things I find useful, but who knows how it will develop in the future! Views are my own, not my employer's.

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  1. This is like a more beginner-friendly Just A Minute. Now I just need to look up Rhubarb in Spanish…

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