Activity Time: 10 mins +
1. Write words on pieces of papers that you want the students to revise.
Activity Time: 10 mins +
Grass skirts is a great activity to get the class up and out of their seats while still learning and revising their vocabulary. This activity is easy to set up and a great way to make revision fun.
This game can be used with all levels. I have used this game with FCE exam classes to revise phrasal verbs and young learners to practice vocabulary.
Activity Time: 5 – 10 mins +
Materials required: One sheet with definitions of revision words printed on sheet.
Skills practiced:Vocabulary revision
Level: All levels (Young learners, teens and adults)
2. Print out one sheet per two students. Cut the definitions into strips but don’t cut all the way. (See picture 2)
3. Put the students into pairs/groups.
4. Explain to the students that only one student from each team can run up and take a definition.
5. They then have to run back to their group and read the definition and figure out what the word is. When they think they know, they write it on the back of the definition and then show it to the teacher. If it is correct, they can go and get the next definition. If it is incorrect, they have to try again. (For weaker classes, write a word bank of possible answers.)
The first team to finish all the definitions are the winners.
If you have any ideas or variations, please post a comment and share your thoughts.
So, what is a Wordle? A Wordle is simply a word cloud that can be great resource to teachers. This post will look at a number of ways they can be used in the ESL classroom.
|Wordle here used with conditionals.|
Create two or more Wordles of the same writing task and get your class to compare the language used.
Choose about 15 words that appear in the song and write them on the board. Next, get the students to work in groups of 3 or 4. In their groups, students choose 5 words from the board and write a story including these words. The chosen words should be underlined. Next, students listen to the song. Everybody stands up at the beginning of the song and when they hear the words that they have chosen to use in their story, they sit down and stand back up again, repeating this until they have listened to all five words.
The class can then talk about their story and the meaning of the song etc.
Each student is given a copy of the song which contains mistakes like wrong words. In pairs, students look for and highlight the mistakes. The students listen to the song again, check and correct.
Listen and correct
Split a song into parts A and B. Part A will contain the first, third and fifth etc lines of the song and part B will have the second, fourth etc lines. Split students A and B. Students have to listen and fill in the missing sentences. To check and correct, students go through the song in pairs.
Listen and order
Cut a song into strips. Divide either into separate verses or lines, depending on the length of the song. Get the class to organize themselves in a line in the order that they think the song goes. Class listen to the song and put themselves in the order as they hear the sentence. As an alternative to this, you could split the class into two groups, giving each group a copy of the song cut into strips. Split the whiteboard into four sections. Before listening, the two groups have to put the song into the order they think is correct. They listen again and correct. The team with the most correct win.
Finally another simple task which can be done is remove the verbs, adverbs, adjectives etc from the song. Students work in pairs or groups to brainstorm the missing words.
Enigma is a quick and simple ESL game you can put together in no time. It’s a great ESL game for teens and adults of all levels but can be easily adapted for younger learners. It’s a great activity to practice question forming and practising vocabulary from previous lessons etc. It’s also an enjoyable way of creating fun and unusual stories and could even be used as creative writing starters.
Activity Time: 10 minutes +
Materials required: White board and marker.
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced: Listening, speaking, question forming and Vocabulary.
Level: All levels
1.Draw a crime scene on the board such as the example in the picture.
|Enigma crime scene example|
2.Students ask/answer yes or no questions.
3.Students have to work out what happened.
Another way to encourage teen and adult students to speak is through using lateral thinking problems. These are easy to set up and I have found that students enjoy this story creating activity.
Students can work in pairs or in a group where they ask questions and the teacher can only give yes or no answers.
So, here are a number of lateral thinking problems with their answers.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet are dead. They are in a locked room on the 20th floor. In the room, there is a table, a puddle and some broken glass. There is only one window in the room and the wind is blowing the curtains. Apart from the bodies of Romeo and Juliet, there is nothing else in the room. How did Romeo and Juliet die?
Romeo and Juliet were actually goldfish. The wind blew over their bowl, and they suffocated on the floor.
The Broken match
A man is found dead with a broken match in his hand.
After their hot air balloon began to lose altitude, the passengers drew matches to see who would have to jump out in order to save the rest.
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