WWF – Welches Wort Fehlt?
WWF (level 1) is an activity for learners of German with minimal language ability. It boosts their confidence and shows them that they can actually work with real German words. The activity is based on 10 authentic signs with one word blanked out. The pupils are given three options, only one of which is correct.
While you are free to use WWF in any way you like, we recommend that you divide the pupils up into teams. Each team needs a captain. The captain should have a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Each team gets ‘100 euros’ at the beginning of the game which the captain should write on the top right hand corner of the paper. Explain that they will see a real German sign and have just 90 seconds to decide which of the three answers is correct AND to bet on their answer. The minimum bet, if they really don’t know, is 1 euro. The maximum bet, if they are really sure, is 90% of their money, initially, 90 euros. If they bet 25 euros and get the answer right, they will go up to 125 euros. If they get the answer wrong, they will go down to 75 euros. The team with the most money after 10 signs is the winner.
Depending on how trustworthy your class is, you can let them look after their own words and money. You may prefer to ask that they deliver the answer and their bet to you after the 90 seconds so that they don’t cheat. Either way, they should write the missing word on their paper, not just the correct letter.
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