Having recently read Kate Jones’ book on Retrieval Practice, I’ve been inspired to make sure I start each of my lessons with a retrieval activity. For the most part, I’ve been creating something based on the previous lesson, such as a little quiz, ‘find someone who…’ or a game such as Connect 4 or Battleships. After a few lessons, I made a ‘retrieval grid’, based on the previous weeks’ learning (adapted from the blank template in Kate Jones’ TES shop).
I’ve put together a PowerPoint with all of the retrieval activities I have used in my French and Spanish lessons recently, to give you an idea of what I’ve been doing. All of these activities can be easily adapted to any language and any topic. Ideally, students shouldn’t look at their notes when completing these retrieval activities, but I found that quite often they needed to and that was fine as well.
I hope you can use some of these activities in your lessons and tag me on social media/send me photos when you do! I think the activities are fairly self-explanatory, but let me know if you want me to explain any and I’ll happily do so. Either contact me on the socials (katelanguages on Twitter, Facebook and Insta) or email firstname.lastname@example.org