This is an idea that you might find useful and a bit of fun. You can download everything by visiting my new site at souffler.co.uk.
You will also find news there of one or two other projects in the pipeline that you may find useful.
The materials I am offering free for download are the following.
1) A Smart notebook file containing the text and some questions about a recent news item, the poor English lad who happens to be called Harry Potter (apparently complete with forehead scar). The exercise is designed to show even fairly young learners that, with some common sense 'language detective' skills, they can get the gist of even quite complicated language. This is great for literacy work and can even be used at primary level.
Here is a screen shot of some of the text
2) a pdf of the same in case you don't have Smartboard software
3) a powerpoint of the text with 'exploding' bits of text. This is simply cloze texting but with bells and whistles. Pupils see the whole text but suddenly as you press the mouse key, one word 'explodes' and disappears. The trick in teams is to spot what word went missing.
4) a video explaining how the 'exploding text' was created if you want to create your own examples.