Shout Out is a no prep game that can be used when students are in need of a break to release some energy. Games like this, while loud can be done in a controlled way that will help students focus on the next task. More brain break activities for teen and young learners can be found here.
This activity is very simple. First, the teacher calls out a letter and students have to say or shout (or even whisper!) a word with that letter. The student who says the word first gets a point (or other reward).
This is an effective and enjoyable activity which encourages the active participation of learners. The aim of the game is to help learners practice words associated with a particular topic or category. For example, you could ask the learners to use only names of animals, countries, verbs etc.
Activity time: 30 minutes
Materials required:Ball (Any type of soft ball will do)
Skills practiced: Word association (word on a category)
Ask the students to stand up and form a circle.
Pick up the ball and explain the rules of the game to the students
Begin the game by saying the first word and then bounce the ball or you can throw the ball to a student randomly and ask the student to say a word belonging to that same category.
After the first student says their word, he/she has to bounce or throw the ball randomly to another student, and this continues with each receiver saying a new word until a student can’t think of any new word to say.
When it gets to the point where a student can’t think of a new word, the student will be asked to make a simple and complete sentence using the word said by the last person. After the sentence has been made, the ball will be passed to the next students and the game continues.
CATEGORY GAME (MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE)
This is a fun and interesting group activity which helps students to practice and check vocabulary of different categories.
This post looks at a simple idea for using English riddles in the ESL classroom. Riddles can be a great way to get to get students talking, introduce a lesson or maybe just to practice speaking. This post will look at one way the riddles below can be used in class with young learners, teens and even adults.
1. Put students in pairs.
2. In pairs, students try to decide what the item being described is. They must come up with reasons why they think that is the answer and discuss with the class.
3. Make it more interesting by giving points to the pair that guess the most correct answers.