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ESL Activities And Games

All you need is a clear desk and 20 common items from around the classroom. You can even grab things from your backpack or purse. Here are some excellent ESL classroom games to help teach or revise a range of yes/no questions and short answers.
Write a list of the items on the chalkboard and allow students to self-correct. categories list The team has three minutes to get the one in front to say the word on paper.

Make sure you bring in a little prize of some kind for the winner in each group to add a small element of competition. ESL vocabulary games make class time a little more exciting. You can use them to review previously learned words, but keep in mind that games also make great rewards for when your students do well in class. Test your students’ memories and vocabulary at the same time with this fun game.
If you’re looking for a really quick warm-up that can be used to review vocabulary, this is the activity for you! It also makes a nice lead-in for a holiday-themed unit such as Halloween. Stop wasting time searching around on the Internet for something to do, and instead just spend a minute or two in this book. Check out this book of riddles and trivia that are written specifically for ESL students. The focus is on trivia for elementary school age children. Talking about daily schedules is another one of those things that seem to make its way into every single ESL textbook for beginners. The bad news is that it can also be extremely boring and tedious.

A particularly good ESL game for kids, Bankrupt should last at least 30 minutes and your students will be producing and reviewing lots of language. This is a really cool language ESL game for children, which is fun in the classroom and actually requires quite a bit of skill! This is an excellent speaking skills activity and you’ll notice improved speaking skills quickly in your children or teen students.
However, suddenly for group charades introverts become extroverts and they’re much more likely to be more relaxed. How many times have you introduced yourself in your lifetime? For example, you introduce yourself to friends, in business meetings and during round tables. Students get quite competitive when you tally points. Out of all the ESL activities, this one never fails me.
However, not only does that require you to think of lots of different categories, it doesn’t provide an extensive test of vocabulary knowledge, and makes the game less reusable. We prefer a variation in which students work in small teams to complete three categories with as many words as they can. The team with the most valid words in a given category wins a point for that round.

Recently, I played this Gapfill game which focuses on professions after teaching my Vocabulary – Jobs Lesson Plan to a student. This site literally contains hundreds of different games that are perfect for 5-10 minute warmups at the beginning and the end of your lessons.
You need a number of empty, clean and preferably identical small yoghurt containers for this game. Tell the children that the first team to dress their person is the winner. Tell them to 'get ready', count down and then empty a bin bag of clothes on the floor. Each team needs to designate who they are going to dress.

To play this game, you can divide the class into 2/3 teams or you can just play as a whole class. This is a seat at the front of the class facing the other students. This simple no prep game is a great way to get students to utilize all their existing vocabulary while learning new words at the same time. For example, if you are teaching thepresent progressive / continuous tenseyou can ask students to shout out ‘What are you doing? Then the teacher can answer using one of the words on the card (e.g. ‘I am painting.’). Then students should look at their line of cards and check if ‘painting’ is on the left or right end of their line.

Although Bingo is usually considered a game for kids, adults can play it too! “Find Someone Who” Bingo is a fun way to get your students up and out of their seats on the first day of class, mingling, and getting to know each other, as well as you. It’s very easy to set up and you should be able to use the same handout for all of your classes. An interactive lesson is one where students are able to participate in a number of ways. Students are able to engage with the material presented instead of just passively absorbing it, which can make it more memorable. This can happen in a classroom, during homework activities or online as well.
Show a flashcard, say the word and invite children to repeat it. If relevant, make the sound or action of whatever it is you are showing and invite children to do the same. For 6-8 year olds increase the number and difficulty of the words, or show picture-word cards so they can read the word as well as repeat it. You cansee some of these ideas in action HERE, where I share snippets of my own video-classes and show you how I introduce and review vocabulary with my preschoolers. Create weekly pre-recorded video lessons which I share with children’s parents via Google Classroom.
If a student takes too long in thinking of a word, they must forfeit and take a challenge. For instance, they must sing a song or talk about a topic for two minutes. This game is good for practicing speaking skills and vocabulary. Before the class, find or prepare a photo with many different objects (e.g. a messy room, a crowded beach). Share this image with the student along with a list of ten objects which they have to find. Ask the online student to look around his or her room and find something of a certain color. For example, you can ask the student to find something that is pink.
The catch is, they can’t say the word under any circumstances. whiteboard or walls of the room and therefore require less prep than other ESL activities on this list. I was very pleasantly surprised at how successful this game became with my primary school pupils.

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