Backgammon is a well known game called “Tavla” in Turkey. Let me explain the game briefly at first: It is a game where players bring checkers on, move them round the board and take them according to the roll of the dice. Here, I tried to manipulate the game in order to use it easily in our lessons.
Make two copies of the game board. One copy is for the groups to play on and the other one is to be hung on the board so that the teacher can show each pounce on the board.
You will need one dice and 24 checkers (12 red and 12 white). You can decrease the number of the checkers depending on the number of the questions.
How to play the game in our classes?
1) Divide the class into two teams and arrange the students so that each group sees their faces.
2) Decide on who will be the red and white group.
3) Ask the students to place their checkers on the board as shown below. (it is possible to rearrange the places of the checkers depending on the challenge)
4) Explain to the students that the main aim of the game is to collect all the checkers on their home board at first; and then pick them up according to the roll of the dice. The most important rule of the game is no pounce can be done without answering the teacher’s question.
5) The first group rolls the dice and listens to the question of the teacher. If the group members answer the question correctly, they can move their checkers on the green bars according to roll of the dice.
6) When the students cannot answer the questions, they miss their turns.
7) The players cannot place their checkers onto the other group’s checkers but they can pass over them. Therefore, the students should play strategically enough to finish the game first.
8) When all the checkers are collected on the home board, the students can start to pick them up rolling the dice.
I think ….
it is an enjoyable game we can easily adapt for our structure classes for a revision and skill based lessons for comprehension. If you have various types of questions, I believe it will be more fun. Multiple-choice, true/false, open ended, reference, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension questions are the types of questions you might want to ask in Backgammon.