Live From TESOL 2014: Tic-Tac-Toe

Tara Arntsen is blogging live from Portland
during the 2014 convention. Look for her posts!

Blogging was not on my agenda today, but after traipsing back and forth across the Oregon Convention Center all day, I ended my day, exhausted and numb, at a session titled 10 Ways to Play Tic-Tac-Toe for Language Practice. The title says it all, and attending this session was my reward to myself for getting through another long and exciting day. It was worth it!

Amy Cook from Bowling Green State University presented this 20-minute teaching tip session to a large group of tired TESOLers, and it was great. Since it was not recorded, I just wanted to share with you the general idea so that you can incorporate this activity in your classes:

Take tic-tac-toe and add language tasks to each square, maybe vocabulary tasks (give the definition of the word), grammar tasks, or speaking tasks. Students then play tic-tac-toe performing the tasks before leaving their X or O on the grid. It’s simple, adaptive, interactive, and ingenious. I will do this with my students next week. Maybe you can try it, too!

Thank you, Amy!

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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