So here we are in 2012... Come to think of it, it's funny that we keep adding "two thousand and..." - it is obvious isn't it? In the previous millennium we said "seventy-nine" and "ninety-five" without (un)necessarily preceding it with "nineteen hundred". It would thus make sense if we said "in the year oh-three" or "in the third year", for example. Sorry about this digression.
I was happy to hear that you liked the news quiz and some of you used it with their students - thank you for the feedback. Below you will find a follow-up activity which is basically language work focusing on the collocations from the quiz. For other ideas on how to revise the lexis your students have come across, read
my Cycles of Recycling post.
VOCAB REVIEW - TEACHERS NOTES
(lower-intermediate / young learners)
If you used the easier version of the quiz, there is also a drag-and-drop exercise for students to do on computers, while the paper version introduces "collocation forks". For more ideas on how to work with these, read my last year's post called the Cycles of Recycling: Cycle 2
VOCABULARY REVIEW - EASIER
VOCAB REVIEW - EASIER - TEACHERS NOTES
Thank you to my colleague, friend and former co-mentor Adele Raemer who, in her email to me, suggested a follow-up activity using the "Most Powerful Images" of the year. While the images themselves are worth checking out, I thought these two activities can be combined. Perhaps, you can give the images without the captions and get students to write their own trying to use some of the lexis that came up in the quiz (e.g. massive tsunami hit Japan, mass protests across the Arab world, violence broke out etc). For example, for the image above, even though this news story did not appear in the quiz, students can write "A massive storm hit Arizona".
If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please share them in the comments below.