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Proofreading Games for Accuracy & Fluency in TESOL Writing

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Loren Lee Chiesi

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Proofreading Games For Accuracy & Fluency in TESOL Writing
Loren Lee Chiesi

Al Akhawayn University
Ifrane, Morocco
Game #2: Flash Marks
Goal: Familiarize students with the common proofreading marks & symbols and practice using them accurately.
Game #2: Competitive Proofreading
Improve students' accuracy and focus while proofing for common errors
Inspiration Shout OuT!
Game #3:
Practice identifying and fixing grammar and writing mistakes.

: Have students bring in a document for proofreading. Students fill the Bingo board with target mistakes.

Proofreading Games for Accuracy & Fluency in TESOL Writing
Elinor Westfold

City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Language Pacifica
Menlo Park, CA, USA
Genesis of the Games
WHy Is it So Hard to Get Students to EDit Their Work?
Yes! A TESOL proposal idea!
Very technical and precise = boring
Potentially isolating and lonely
Students are not confident in their ability to identify mistakes and correct errors.
Games Make Students Better
Gain awareness of
common errors.


focused on
finding errors.

Practice error correction in a competitive, yet cooperative, environment.
Set-up: Put individual error marks and symbols on flash cards, on PowerPoint slides, or in Prezi templates.
Play: Divide students into groups (teams). Show a mark or symbol to the class. Choose a team to identify the symbol and its use. If identified correctly, a student from the team comes to the board and shows how it is used to correct an error. If identified incorrectly, another team has the chance to identify the mark or symbol.
Let's play!

What does it mean?
WhAt Symbol is this?
Get rid of incorrect or excess information, words, or punctuation.
What Symbol Is this?
What Does it Mean?
Make the letter directly above this mark a capital letter.

WHat Symbol Is this?
What does it Mean?
Add / Insert
Insert additional information or punctuation.
What Symbol is this?
What does it Mean?
Indent /
New Paragraph
Create a new paragraph or indent the first word in a sentence.
When a team correctly identifies a mark, they get a point.
A representative from that team then gets a chance to create an example using the identified proofreading mark for another point.
Each student brings a document to
class for proofing. Organize students
into equally-sized groups.
Give each group a specific editing focus.

John Jordan


University of Kansas, USA
Step #1:
Get into
equal-sized groups
We will divide the participants into 4 groups.
Step #2:
Assign A technical
Focus to Each Group
Group 1
: Sentence fragments/run-ons
Group 2
: Punctuation errors
Group 3
: Misspellings/word choice errors
Group 4
: Verb mistakes
Step #3:
Distribute the Documents
For the purpose of this demonstration, we will use one sample student essay for all the groups.
STep #4:
Edit the Documents
Begin correcting the documents, concentrating only on one editing focus per group.

Participants have 5 minutes to find as many errors as they can.
Time's Up!
Count how many unique errors you found - as a group - for your editing focus.

Most errors = Winner!
Step 1:
fill Bingo Grid with Target Errors
Step #2:
Search for Bingo

Distribute the documents for proofreading among the students.

Students find 3 mistakes in a row on the grid and fix each mistake.

When a student gets 3 corrected mistakes in a row, the teacher checks for accuracy.
3X3 Bingo grid for paragraph editing
Bingo Grid For Academic- Level Essay Writing
Rewarding Student Winning
Winning should be its own reward, but that often isn't motivating enough.
Rewards we have found to be successful:
Homework passes
Absence pass
Extra points added to a quiz or essay
What do you use as rewards in your classes?
You can access all the materials used during this presentation on the TESOL website.
Please feel free to take our business cards and contact us for more information about our presentation.

Elinor: elinoraw@gmail.com

Loren: llchiesi@gmail.com
Presentation Materials &
Contact Information
Thanks for attending and enjoy the conference.
Game #1:
Goal: Students can efficiently identify correct and incorrect sentences. Warm-up!
COmplete Sentence
Divide students into groups (teams).
Give each team a flyswatter.
Read or show a phrase.
The student must decide if the phrase is a fragment or a complete sentence and whack the sign
The student explains his/her choice.
Students hand the flyswatter off to another team member after each phrase.
How to Play
Minimal materials; low prep - high intensity error correction.
Set-up: Put up two signs: "fragment" and "complete sentence."
Word choice
Word form
Verb tense
Subject/verb agreement
Number mistakes
Word order
No topic sentence
No conclusion sentence
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