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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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Against the Clock

ESL Game: Against the Clock

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.

             

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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!

ESL Game Catchphrase

ESL Game: Catchphrase

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 catchphrases and 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!

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Method

1. Make a copy or note of some of the catchphrases in the printable download.

2. Put students into group or 2, 3 or 4.

3. Write 2 or 3 catchphrases on the board.

4. Students discuss what the possible meaning of the catchphrases are.

5. Get groups to share their ideas with the rest of the group.

6. The teacher then reads out meaning of one of the catchphrases and students try to guess which catchphrase the definition matches. Continue with the rest of catchphrases.

Other ideas: Get students to compare with catchphrases from their own language. How would they translate them? Are they similar in English?

ESL Play Your Cards Right

ESL Play your cards right. Higher or Lower?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.

If you have any other ideas or ways to use the game, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

As always, enjoy and have fun.

 

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