Students had already done all the tasks in the coursebook connected to the reading text, still I felt we had to do some kind of revision. It was not any easy text, and they were still struggling with some challenging vocabulary, so I did the following in class.

I put the students into groups. The text had 5 paragraphs, so the students had to form 5 groups. Each group was assigned a paragraph. The groups had to write 3 comprehension questions about their relevant paragraphs and the definition of 3 newly learnt words (also from their paragraphs). Everything was put down on an A4 paper per group.

Each group had an answer sheet. They had to leave their questions and definitions on their desks, stand up and walk to another group’s desk, discuss their answers and put them down on their answer sheet. They were “rotating” until they finally got back to their desks.

Everybody sat down and checking happened in a plenary, where the groups read out their own questions and definitions and checked the answers.

Timing is very important here, so deciding in advance how much time can be spent on writing the questions and answering them is vital, as the students need time for checking as well.

A great benefit of the activity is that it requires very little involvement on the teacher’s side, while students work hard in forming questions, definitions and responding them.

Monitoring during the first phase is necessary, to make sure that all the questions and definitions are grammatically correct, also the comprehension questions should not be too simple but at the same time the definitions should not be too complicated! Otherwise the teacher only facilitates the activity which increases student involvement.

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