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I am thinking of using Scrabble as a teaching device.

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exp_err
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
How about other word-games too? Scrabble is more about optimising point values, but online games like Pathwords and Scramble (both available through Facebook) are about finding many words (correctly spelled) quickly.
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
hmm. perhaps that's a good idea. i wonder if he has a facebook account.
ironed_orchid
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Neat.
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
i hope so. i think i might have to buy one.
ironed_orchid
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
There are other word games you can play once you have the tiles.
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
yeah? i've never really been into these games, so if you can drop a few titles, i'll look 'em up.
ironed_orchid
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
We played a version of speed scrabble with no board where people got five tiles each and put them down if they could use them all, and once words were on the table, you could re-use those tiles as long as they all made words, and I think when someone made a word, everyone had to take five more tiles, so speed was off the essence.

Oh look, wikipedia has a list of variants:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrabble_variants
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
ty.
exp_err
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Scrabble is also available free on Facebook. You can get many of these games for mobile phones, too, if he has a fancy one.
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
i think he has a better one than me ;)

but thanks. i'll keep poking round. i'd ideally like to do it off a computer, tho, i think.
exp_err
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Another one might be Scattegories, which you can play without buying anything. Set up a number of categories in areas that interest him (the standard ones are things like "a type of animal", "a girl's name", "a food", etc, but you can be more creative if you want, and maybe add some grammatical categories: "a noun", "an adjective", etc). At the start of a game, a letter is selected at random. Each player has to fill in as many categories as possible with words beginning with that letter before the time runs out (or any player calls "stop"). Then you score: 1 point for each word plus one point for each other player if you are the only one who used that word. Make sure they only count if correctly spelt.
ashamel
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Boggle might be another possibility, if they still sell it. Just thinking it might be more fast paced and less about gaming the board, as someone else mentioned. (But that's a bit of a guess, as I only ever really played Scrabble.)
exp_err
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Boggle does fit that bill, but the layout is so small that it's mainly only very short words that come into play.
jody_macgregor
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Boggle is like Scrabble only good. I second this.
tnightshade
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Boggle
I love boggle and the computer game version shows you the whole list of possible words....and they ARE NOT all small words.
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