Platform: iPad; Android; Google Chrome web app also available
Suitable for: young learners and teens
Preparation: research the current most popular games for smartphones and tablets.
Necessary Materials: ‘What’s that app?’ Powerpoint slides; Om Nom Stories original episode (YouTube)
Show the first Powerpoint slide and ask them to name the games (between the class, they will probably know all of them). Elicit how they are played (teach words like swipe, tap, tilt, etc. as necessary). Explain that the students will play a memory game in which one of the game logos will disappear. They then have to identify which one is missing (this acts as a nice warmer).
- At the start of the clip, a girl was playing Cut The Rope on her iPad. How many stars did she have on that level?
- What colour was the girl’s iPad?
- What was the first thing Om Nom tried to eat?
- Which of the following items was NOT in the video?
b) A washing machine
c) A television
d) A frying pan
- Name five food items from the video.
Put the students into small groups and play the video one more time. Instruct the groups to write three more observation questions to ask the rest of the class. The students then work in small groups to write questions and then watch the video one more time before asking each other. Circulate and help them with language points as necessary.
Once ready, the groups ask each other their quiz questions (this could be done as a mini game if you wish). Go over any common errors with question forms on the board.
For the next stage of the lesson, ask the groups to note down on paper the events they remember from the video. As the groups share the events with the class, write them on the board in the same order in which the groups say them. Then ask the groups to put the events listed on the board into the right order (you may play the video once again for them to check their answers).
The final stage in class is to ask the students to prepare a narration of the events in the video either as a commentary or from the point of view of the main character. For this activity, give each group some time to prepare notes and then have them act out their narration for the class. Alternatively, they could narrate the video as it is playing.
Wrap up by going over language errors that occurred during the narration activity or discussing why mobile games are increasingly popular.