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 +
1. Write or project the riddles in the following presentation.
Find printable riddles and creative ways to create curiosity in the class room here.
ESL Countdown is a very popular show in the UK and Ireland. It is a simple game that is great as a warmer or cooler for the ESL classroom. It’s useful with nearly every level and a great way to get your students writing and practicing spelling. Everyone from young learners to adults can enjoy this simple and fun ESL activity.Activity Time: 5 mins +
Note: The clock is set for 30 seconds. Allow extra time for younger or lower level students.
2. Explain to the students that they must pick vowels or consonants and then they have 30 seconds to write any words they can make with the letters on the board. The team who creates the longest correct words gets one point for each correct word.
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This week’s game is a simple yet great way to practice English in class while having fun. This game is suitable for a number of age groups and English levels.
In ESL Four Pictures One Word, students view four related pictures and they must guess the word that connects them all.
Activity Time: 10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Powerpoint presentation below.
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening, writing.
Level: Pre- intermediate +
1. Split the class into teams.
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.
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.
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Stop The Bus is a simple and fun vocabulary game for any level or age group. This game will quickly become one of those regularly requested games in class.
Activity Time: 5 – 10 mins +
Materials required: A piece of paper for each team to write on.
Skills practiced: Vocabulary revision, brainstorming and quick thinking.
Level: All levels (Young learners, teens and adults)
1. Put the class into pairs.
2. Get each group to choose a category. Some examples that could be used are:
fruit, animals, cities, countries, famous people, brands, clothing, phrasal verbs, verbs, etc.
I always suggest a topic that practices some target vocabulary. If it’s a difficult topic, you could award points to any team who gets a word etc.
3. Write each category on the board. After you have done this, you choose a letter from the alphabet. For example, B.
The teams must then write, as quickly as possible, a word from the category that starts with the letter B on their piece of paper.
For example, imagine the letter is C. The students have chosen the following categories:
- Phrasal Verb