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ESL Game Shout out

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).

 

ESL Game Half

ESL Game: Half

Half is a simple game to get students thinking by finishing some sentences. With Half,  students can practice listening skills, writing and speaking in one simple no-prep activity that is sure to get them talking. This activity can be used as a simple warmer at the beginning of class or as a fun cooler. You could use multiple sentences  or just one and play often.

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Printable: Sentences

Method

  1. First make a copy of the printable sentence starters.
  2. In class, dictate some of the sentences to the students.
  3. Students need to complete the sentences and then share their sentences with the other students in class.

Got more ways to play this game or sentences that are fun to use in class? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

Enjoy and have fun!

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 Listen Carefully

ESL Listen Carefully

“Listen Carefully” is a simple game for young learners. This game is a great way to practice sentence forming in a way that is not boring for your students! Its also a great way to practice ESL listening skills.

Method

1. First do an example and then choose one student that will give instructions to the other students.

e.g The student says “Stand up” and then all the other students must stand up.

2. The student gives more instructions to the class but does a different action.

e.g student says “Walk to the window” but the student who says the action walks to the door.

Students who don’t do the correct action are eliminated.

After, change the student who is giving the instructions.

After some practice, students will love this activity and its a great way to practice revision and sentence formation.

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.