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Student-made Quizzes Pros and ConsWhile having students create online/offline quizzes provides opportunities for them to collaborate and practice their English language skills, it can be a challenging activity to facilitate. Here's a look at some of the pros and cons:
· Learn-by-doing English listening, speaking, reading, and writing practice
· Encourages critical thinking, communication, and teamwork
· Students gain experience navigating technology in the target language
· Motivating game when the class is voting for the "best quiz"
· Promotes less stress towards test taking
(See iteslj article, Using Student-made Quizzes in the EFL Classroom by Irene Iwasaki.)
· Can be time-consuming for the teacher to find audio/video material
· Students may not have access to a computer lab
· Quiz creation can be confusing
Facilitating Student-made QuizzesStudent-made quiz activity example lesson.
Topic: The Weather
Objective: Students will be able to ask and answer questions about the weather. For example, "What's the weather like in Huehuetenango?"
Vocabulary: "How's the weather?" "What's the weather like in ____San Diego___?" sunny, warm, hot, humid, windy, cloudy, cool, chilly, cold, freezing, snowing, raining, marine layer, (etc.)
Technology: No lab. The teacher has access to a computer/internet in the classroom and can show an eslvideo quiz.
· Eslvideo quiz #30984: "How's The Weather?"
· "Create Quiz Handout.pdf"
Introduction and Guided Practice:
1. Introduce the vocabulary.
2. Play the video full screen from beginning to end.
3. Resize the screen so the students can see the quiz.
4. Play only the first segment. As a class, read and answer question 1.
5. Repeat for questions 2-8. Click the See How You Did button to view your results.
6. Discuss the components of the quiz: a question, 2 incorrect answers, and 1 correct answer.
7. Put the students in pairs. Explain that they will create a quiz with their partner using the same video. Distribute the Create Quiz Handout and review the instructions and example question (one handout per pair).
8. Have the students write quiz question 2: "How is the weather?"
9. Play only video segment 2 a couple of times. Give them a few minutes to discuss and write a correct answer, and two incorrect answers. Ask the groups what they put for their correct and incorrect answers.
10. Repeat for segments 3-8.
11. In larger groups, have the students ask and answer questions about the weather in other countries.
Now this group has an understanding of the quiz making process and could repeat the quiz creation activity with other topics or objectives.
If your class has access to a lab, the student could actually create their quiz online using the eslvideo.com quiz builder.
Higher level students could create listen comprehension quizzes based on songs, short How To videos, travel videos, or the like.
You could create one account for your class to use, thus all of their quizzes will display on your Teacher Page.
For homework, students could view their peer's work and "thumbs up" their favorite quizzes.