As other teachers have pointed out, Trivia Crack is the latest craze in app-games. The best part is you can play this game in Spanish. Have students “challenge” each other or create a class tournament. Sure, some of the questions may be really hard (especially in a foreign language), but others are super easy and fun (especially for language learners). Or play the game yourself and screenshot some questions your students could figure out, and put the images in a presentation. This takes away the stress of a timed response since they will need extra time to read in the target language.
Here’s a sampling of some questions that work great for Spanish class:
It is a great way to practice asking questions and learning some new vocabulary too. Students love these types of games especially since they don’t realize they are learning/practicing their Spanish.
Another trivia game that I sometimes use if I have a few spare minutes at the end of the class is the Brainworks Trivia set for Hispanic America:
You can get this in most educational magazines or online. Although the questions are in English, you can translate the questions to English. The categories are similar to Trivia Crack.
Even if you don’t use these particular games in class, perhaps they give you some trivia that you can use to create your own game. Download a powerpoint template for Jeopardy or Who Wants to be Millionaire? and watch the kid who is always asking to play a game in class suddenly become interested in class.
Another fun way to practice questions is to use the Genie Web Akinator, who is available in Spanish. It’s basically a game of 20 questions and is a great way to see questions formed.
Tip: When it asks to input your age, I’d suggest using 13 or less as I once put in my own age and it asked some rather inappropriate questions. But if you use a child’s age, there are no problems.
You can also play this the old fashion way and think of a person and have students try to guess who they are. This is a good way for them to form the questions. Perhaps play this after using el Akinator so they have seen example questions. I played 20 Questions with my elementary English as a Foreign Language class and it taught them to ask questions like “Is it a boy?”, “Does he/she have blonde hair?”, “Is he/she from Colombia?”.