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ESL Game Half

ESL Game: Half

Half is a simple game to get students thinking by finishing some sentences. With Half,  students can practice listening skills, writing and speaking in one simple no-prep activity that is sure to get them talking. This activity can be used as a simple warmer at the beginning of class or as a fun cooler. You could use multiple sentences  or just one and play often.

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Printable: Sentences

Method

  1. First make a copy of the printable sentence starters.
  2. In class, dictate some of the sentences to the students.
  3. Students need to complete the sentences and then share their sentences with the other students in class.

Got more ways to play this game or sentences that are fun to use in class? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

Enjoy and have fun!

ESL Creativity Activity

This activity is based on a creativity test developed by psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance. Torrance created the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) which sought to test people’s creativity and not just IQ.

Download and print the ESL creativity activity handout:

Download (PDF, 35KB)

Students are given an image like the one shown in the picture below.

Creativity Test ESL Ellis_Paul_Torrance

 

Students are then given one or two minutes to complete the picture and give it a title.

After they have completed the task each student has to explain what they have drawn and the title.

This is a simple activity that is sure to get your students thinking creatively.

Here are some example of what others have created.

(image credits and for more drawings: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2010/07/10/creativity-test.html#slide1)