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.
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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