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I sometimes give instructions to my students written in code that they have to interpret before completing tasks. I've used this at various levels:
Here's an example: to revise alphabet and simple present verbs/vocab.
To make it more difficult, I've ...
- Tell students the code e.g. each code letter represents the letter that comes before it in the alphabet a is b, m is n, 'dbu' is cat etc.
- Then they decode their message and do the task:
- xbml up uif cpbse - walk to the board
- kvnq ufo ujnft - jump ten times
This activity can be used to review or practise vocabulary or structure or simply be a different way to introduce the topic for the day's class
-- each student gets one or two words to decode and then the class work to put all the words together.
Submitted by: Karen Mack
- used more complex codes,
- let them work the code out for themselves,
- have not defined where words end,
- have given more complicated tasks or vocabulary
- or given them half an instruction which they must decode and then find the classmate with the other half of their task information.
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