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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:

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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)

ESL Telegram Warmer

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ESL Telegram is a simple warmer that can be used with all levels and is a great activity to let students be creative.

ESL Password

“Password” is a great game that can be used again and again for revision of vocabulary. This is a game every ESL teacher should know. This game is great with kids, teens and adults and is always a popular game with groups. 

Activity Time: 10 mins +
Materials required: whiteboard.
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling. 
Level: Young learners
Method 
1. Divide the class into two teams. Put a chair in front of the whiteboard facing the class. 
2. One person from one of the teams sits in the chair. Write a word on the board that team can see and not the person in the chair. The team then have to explain that word to the person in the chair without saying the word. You can set a time limit if you wish.
If the student says the word their team gets a point.
3. The second team now try. The team with the most points win.

What Am I?

Riddles can be a great way to practice speaking with ESL students. Riddles are a fantastic way to practice vocabulary and also engage students to think outside the box. This weeks’ game is a simple “What am I?” set of riddles. These riddles are made for young learners.

These can also be used with other levels as quick warmers.

Activity Time: 5 mins +

Materials required: Whiteboard and optionally a projector to use the digital version below.
Skills practiced: Speaking, brainstorming,vocabulary and fluency.
Level: Young learners


 Method
1. Write or project the riddles in the following presentation.

2. Encourage students to guess what the answer is. Slowly reveal each answer, encouraging students to continue guessing. Students don’t need to understand every word to guess the answer. Try not to explain every word. Students can be put in pairs and write down their answers also. This can be a good way to make this a communicative task.
ESL Riddles curiosity in the classroom

ESL 4 Pictures 1 Word

4 Pictures 1 Word ESL Game TEFL Kids English
Due to the popularity of the last Four Picture One Word post, I have made a second round for your classes’ pleasure. This is level two and has some more challenging words for your class to discover.

For those who have not tried this game before, students look at four pictures that are connected by one word. They must guess the word. 







Activity Time:   10 +
Materials required: Powerpoint presentation below. 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening.
Level: Kids, teens and adults Beginners +


Method

1. Split the class into teams. Groups of two and three are best.

2. Explain the game to the students. Tell them that they are going to see four pictures. The four pictures are connected by one common word. In their groups, they must decide what the word is. To ensure that they understand, try this example.

ESL Four Pictures one Word ESLKidsGames.com

3. Now begin the game. For each correct answer, each team gets one point. If both teams guess the correct answer, they both get the point. To avoid any problems, ask the teams to write down their answer before they say it. Don’t let students shout the answer. If you need to, deduct points to deter shouting out answers.

Download (PPTX, 1.13MB)

 
 
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