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You are shown a pair of pictures that on first appearance may look the same but in fact have 5 differences. You have to spot the differences and click with your mouse on each of the differences. When you have spotted all five you can go to the next image. There are 15 images in total. There is a time limit in which you need to find the differences. To play the game Click Here

I played this game on the whiteboard using a data projector and a computer with ADSL and Flash player installed. I asked the students to shout out and describe where the differences were. This worked fine in that it produced a lot of English language production (even though somewhat frantic) but the time restraint within the game proved to be too short.
Luckily I had an interactive whiteboard and I was able to screen capture the image of the first game. By showing this image first me students were able to take their time and produce clearer and more complete descriptions of where the differences were. I then went back to the game and allowed a student to use the mouse to click on the differences they had just identified. This acted as a reward. Interestingly a student would sometimes forget where they had identified the differences in the game and students would lapse back into their frantic descriptions of where the differences were.

I found that this was a good activity for FCE students who have to compare and contrast two different photographs in the oral part of an exam. When the game was played through a screenshot with no time constraint they had more time to use language which would be useful in the exam.

Useful language

In the top/ bottom of the picture on the left/ right . . .
In the foreground . . .
In the background . . .
On the one hand . . .
On the other hand . . .
while . . .
. . . whereas . . .



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