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ESL Game Close Your Eyes

ESL Game Close Your Eyes

ESL Game Close Your Eyes is a simple game for young learners to practice speaking on a number of topics. It is a simple way to practice vocabulary and descriptions for clothes, colours, classroom objects, flash cards or any target language can be used.

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Quick Fire Vocabulary – No-prep vocabulary game for all ages.

What Am I? Riddles – Simple riddles to get students thinking.

Stop The Bus – Fun game to practice spelling and vocabulary topics.

Grass Skirts – Is a great way to recycle vocabulary with young learners in an active way.

Password – A fun activity to recycle vocabulary with all ages.

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ESL Game: What’s missing?

“What’s missing” is a fun ESL game to play with young learners. In this game, you can use flashcards with target language to practice vocabulary and pronunciation with your students.

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Method 

  1. Place target flashcards on a table with the picture facing up. Students stand around the table so they can see all the flashcards.
  2. Tell the students to close their eyes. When they do, take away one of the flashcards. Then, tell the students to open their eyes.
  3. The first student to spot and say the missing flashcard wins that round.
  4. Continue with the other cards.

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ESL Game Derp, Derp

ESL Game: Derp, Derp

Derp, Derp is a simple no prep ESL game that can be used with any level or age group. To start, simply choose a student who will go first. This student must choose a word. This word is the secret word.

Next, the student must create a sentence using this word. They can say the sentence or write it on the board. For example, “The boy crossed the DERP, DERP.” The rest of the class must guess what the secret word is where the “DERP, DERP” is. If after 3 attempts no one guesses the word, the teacher can award a point and another student takes a turn. Students love this game as it can be silly but productive. Award extra points for correct sentences, new vocabulary studied in class or grammar structures used.


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5 Revision activities for the classroom

revision activities for the classroomBy the time students get to the end of term, their interest in preparing for exams can usually use some help. This post will look at five revision activities for the classroom that can be used to help students revise for exams with some fun and interactive learning activities before they do their exams.

Show me the answer!

Make revision more interactive by getting students to use mini whiteboardstrue or false cards, hand signals, coloured cards (Green/red) or buzzers to answer questions on topics they have covered.
Depending on your class, pairing students or putting them in teams may help weaker students.

Word Scramble 

Write words that you want the students to revise on a piece of paper and cut them up into the letters. Put each word into an envelope of a folded piece of paper.

  1. Put students in pairs and give them five words. Tell them not to open the envelopes until you say.
  2. Students open the envelopes and try to decide what the words are.
  3. The first group to finish must put their hands up and then they need to explain the words to the other students. Award points for each word correctly explained.
Variation: Get the students to make up their own lists of words for other pairs in the class. 
  

Running Dictation 

This classic game is great for practicing grammar structures, vocabulary or topics.
  1. Put students in pairs or small groups.
  2. Display a copy of a text or topic you want your students to revise on the wall at one end of the classroom or outside the classroom if you have space.
  3. One student from the group has to run up to the text and read and memorize a sentence and then return to their group and tell the others what he/she read.
  4. Then the next student goes and reads the next line.
  5. Students continue until the text is completed. Then, groups swap their dictations and check how many errors have been made.

Grass Skirts 


This game is always enjoyed by students and gets them thinking about words. You can find all about this game here.

Students Teach

Getting students to teach others is a great way to involve them in learning.  This activity works better with students who are a little older.

revision activities for the classroom - to teach is to learn twice over

  1. Put students into groups or pairs.
  2. Assign each group a unit from their book. They must create a small presentation which includes the grammar point and important vocabulary from that unit.
  3. The groups make a short presentation explaining some of the key points from the unit.
  4. Get students to vote for the best/most useful presentation. A reward of stickers or sweets can be a great motivator for kids and even teens!

 

 

 

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.