I recently started using the App ClassDojo to track student participation/incentivize students to speak only Spanish. I know some teachers give participation points, some use a system where they hand out tickets/fake money, but this is novelty for students.
I have added the following ways to earn points:
+2 Answer a question in Spanish
+1 Ask a question in Spanish
+3 Circumlocution, describing something without having the specific vocabulary for it; a skill we are starting to work on
+1 Comprehension Check, such as when telling a story or going over an activity/homework
+1 React, using the reaction words that are posted on their desks (we described this in our last post)
+4 Risk Taking, when a student is taking a risk with difficult language
-1 Uses English
Upload your roster to each class and then click on the student name to be able to see the selection of points.
I am using the website from an iPad, but there is also an app, or you can access it from a computer. I keep the volume on for positive reinforcement as they hear a <BING> if they get a positive point or a <WAP> if they lose a point. So far, it is keeping students in the target language. I think this is something that I would use for a short period of time until students are in the habit of ‘Spanish only’. You can also assign a student to be the “point giver”.
Another feature is the timer. I know many TPRS classrooms have their classes earn a point for every 8 minutes that they do not use English. You can have the timer on your computer, (or even project it on the screen). If the timer goes off you can add a point to the “Whole Class”. This would have to be separately from students, otherwise it will add a point to every student. But you could create a “class” and enter your classes as students (for example, your students would be “1st hour”, “2nd hour”, etc.). You can also set up groups of students as well.