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.
Against the clock is a simple ESL game that can and can be added a part of your classes’ regular revision routine. Write new vocabulary students cover in class on pieces of paper. Put the pieces of paper in a box or container. Every week, month or during end of unit reviews give one of the students the box. Tell the students that they must explain as many words as possible as they can from the box in a set amount of time e.g two minutes. Then another student tried. Whichever student explains the most words correctly is the winner.
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.
ESL catchphrase is a simple game that is a great way to start or end class. Watch the video below to see how to play. A list of catchphrasesand definitions can be found here. This activity is great to play at the start or end of class and is an effective way of exposing teen and adult students to common phrases and expressions in English while having fun in the classroom. As ever, enjoy and have fun!
Those of you who remember “Play your cards right” will definitely know this classic TV game show. I’m pleased to say now you can share all the fun with your students!
This game is a great way to reward students for working hard or even use it to gamify your grammar class. Put students into groups and see which team gets the highest score. This game is also great to practice comparatives with your students and is sure to get them excited and engaged.
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