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Quick Tip: Trivia Crack in Language Classes

The newest obsession of my high school students is a Facebook Game or App called Trivia Crack. It is basically Trivial Pursuit, but more in the style of "Words with Friends," where you virtually play your friends in trivia. Here is the official website with directions in the language of your choice.




You win "crowns" in each category for answering questions correct and once you miss a question, you have to wait for the other person to play their turn. There is a also a challenge option that my uber competitive classes love. 



So how does this game relate to language teaching? Well you can change the language of course! So far the language options are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian & Catalan. 

**Update 3.5.15 - To change the language of the questions, when you start a new game you will select the language of you choice (as seen in the photo below). As far as I know, once you have started a game in one language you may not change it mid game. To change the language of the instructions and background information, you must change the language of your Facebook. 


Each week my students complete 3 "points" worth of choice "Real World" homework. This week I had a couple students ask if they could use playing Trivia Crack in Spanish. Two students played each other for 30 minutes and submitted the screenshots below as a part of their weekly report for their 3 points. They had a ton of fun, learned a lot of new words, and now many more students are planning on using this option next week. 


What are ways you have found to incorporate students' current interests in class?

10 comments

  1. I think I am going to have to start playing this! Thanks for sharing! If I get addicted though, I'm going to blame you. Haha.

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    1. It happened, Haha. I'm playing some of my former students and enjoying winning!

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  2. Can you share more about your "Real World" homework and points system with homework? I am a first year teacher at a small school, also teaching levels I-IV. I love your blog, and I would absolutely love your advice and insight into managing four different levels at a time! My e-mail address is katie.rakes@bvcps.net.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading Katie! I have actually been planning on my choice homework soon. Until then you should check out this post http://musicuentos.com/2014/08/aventura/. I will email you & would be glad to answer any questions you have about managing levels 1-4. I am by no means an expert yet, but trust me it will get easier! If you haven't already you need to join Twitter & #langchat to learn and steal ideas from the best of the best!
      Allison

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  3. I would also love to be forwarded the email about real world HW. Love how you're making it relate to them. Kmskeen42@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kayla! I actually posted about how I use Real World HW here http://misclaseslocas.blogspot.com/2015/01/choice-homework-in-spanish-class.html
      Thank you for reading and I would be glad to answer any questions you have!
      - Allison

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  4. This is an awesome post. Love combining students and their digital realities with learning language. Thanks for posting. ...and the game IS VERY addicting, haha!

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  5. Why does the Portuguese language have the Brazilian flag :P?

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