a question (i.e. got a participation point) I gave them money and at the end of the term we had an auction for a few small prizes.
• Board Race System: On a piece of large paper write out the names of the students in one column on the left. Each time astudent gets a point stamp, beside their name (or put a sticker beside it). Post the board at the front of the classroom so students can see their progress. Encourage more enthusiastic students to help the "weaker" students.
Some Hints on Participation Points
They are a lot of work, so you may want to use them in only a few of your classes. Do your best to follow through with them and make your objectives known to the students from the start: 'These will count for 10% of your final grade, so..." or "At the end of the term you can use this money to buy things in an auctioa Who knows what an auction is?..." You get the picture.
You can use something like the "Passport System" to encourage students to talk to you "utside of the classroom. Whether or not you want to combine the system you use inside j classroom with the one you use outside is up to you. Get the students to make a passbook with blank squares for your stamp. Whenever a student comes to you outside the classroom and uses one of the phrases or expressions that has been/ is being taught, you stamp their book. Naturally, you will set your own criteria for what counts as eligible for the point. One ALT required his students to ask him a Non-Yes/ No question (i.e. one that ff=—r required an answer other than yes or no) in order to
qualify for a /|-;-:';'l-y:-;-:^i-~........ —- point. Make up your own variations on