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ESL Game: Shout Out

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).

 

Two No-Prep ESL Ball games

two No-prep ESL ball games

 

ESL WORD ASSOCIATION GAME (THE TALKING BALL)

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)

Level: All

Method

  1. Ask the students to stand up and form a circle.
  1. Pick up the ball and explain the rules of the game to the students
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials required: Ball

Skills practiced: Vocabulary (relating to different categories)

Level: All level

Method

  1. Prepare a list of categories of vocabulary you want the students to review and practice.
  2. Ask the students to form a large circle.
  3. Select a student who will be the monkey in the game, ask the monkey (the selected student) to stand in the middle of the circle.
  1. Give the other students a category from the list you have. Example: Food
  1. The students then tosses the ball among themselves making sure that the monkey does not get it.
  1. The student tossing the ball must say a word that belongs to the selected category.
  1. If the monkey catches the ball, the student who tossed the ball becomes the new monkey.
  1. If any student cannot say a word that belongs to the category, they become the new monkey.
  1. Ensure you change the category whenever there is a new monkey.
  1.  Enjoy and have fun.

Note: The list of vocabulary depends on the level your students.  

ESL Chain

ESL Chain is a great game that you can add to your class routines. Its a great game to practice and revise vocabulary and its always really enjoyed by children. 
 
Method
 
1. Get a small soft ball and then get students to form a circle. 
 
2. Students pass the ball and count, say the days of the week, say the months of the year or any other sequence they need to revise. 
 
3. Only the child who has the ball can speak. 

ESL Riddles

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. 
Method 
 
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.

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Secret Spies

ESL Secret Spies is a simple game for Kids. Its a great game to revise vocabulary and practice spelling in a fun and interactive way. Ciphers are always great fun and loved by young learners.

Activity Time: 10 mins +

Materials required: Scissors, paper, pens/pencils
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling.
Level: Young learners

Method


1. Write words on pieces of papers that you want the students to revise.
2. Cut up the words up into letters and give them to the students to put back into the correct order. Students write down the words that they decipher.
3. Get the students to make their own ciphers and swap them with the other students.
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