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ESL Game: Blind Treasure Hunt

ESL Game: Blind Treasure Hunt

Blind treasure hunt is a great game to get students interacting in English. Students wear a blindfold and try to guess what the contents on the table are. Award points to students that manage to guess what the objects are. This game is great for young learners who are learning food vocabulary or household objects though it is possible to adapt the game for most age groups.

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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.  

Halloween Idioms

Guess the Halloween Idiom ESL Halloween Activity for teensThis activity is a simple way to have fun introducing your students to some Halloween idioms. This activity is perfect for teen and adult classes and is a great way to learn some idioms while having some seasonal fun.

Level: B1, B2 (FCE), C1 (CAE) and C2 (CPE).

Materials: PowerPoint

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Time: 15 minutes+

Method

  1. Put students in pairs or groups. 
  2. Explain that they are going to see pictures which visually represent some Halloween idioms.
  3. In their groups, students must decide what the idiom is. If a group gets any of the words correct, they get a point for each correct word.
  4. After each idiom the teacher awards points to each team and explains the meaning of the idiom. Ask students to think or explain similar expressions in their own language.
  5. Get students to predict what the Idiom might mean and how would it be used. 
  6. Have fun!

1. Make someone’s blood boil. – to make someone very angry

Ex: It just makes my blood boil to think of the amount of food that gets wasted around here.

Halloween english idiom Make someones blood boil 

2. Ghost town – A ghost town is a town that has been abandoned or is in decline and has very little activity.

Ex: This town is a ghost town, there is never anything happening.

English halloween idioms ghost town

3. Stab in the back – to stab someone in the back means to betray them
Ex: After all I did for him, he stabbed me in the back when he told all those lies about me.

english halloween idioms stab someone in the back

4. Skeleton in the Cupboard – a scandal that is kept secret
Ex: James has a few skeletons in his cupboard and is terrified that he will be found out.

Halloween english idiom Skeleton in the closet

5. Skeleton staff – the fewest number of people needed in an office
Ex: We always operate with a skeleton staff over the Christmas period.

English Halloween idioms Skeleton Staff

 6. Scared to death – so scared that you cannot move

Ex. I am scared stiff of walking on ice.

Halloween English Idiom Scared to death

 

7. Scare the pants off someone – to frighten someone a lot
Ex: The film “Nightmare on Elm Street” scared the pants off me.

 English Halloween idiom Scare the pants off someone

8. Make the blood run cold – to totally scare you
Ex: The screams in the woods made my blood run cold.

English Halloween Idioms'Blood run cold'

9. In cold blood – to act in cold blood is to do something without any emotion and deliberately
Ex: The victim was shot in cold blood.

In cold blood Idiom english halloween

10. witch hunt – an investigation carried out under the pretext of uncovering illegal activity but is actually used to harass people with different views.
Ex: The Government has been accused of carrying out a witch-hunt on small businesses.

ESL Idioms, halloween, game, Teens, CAE, FCE B2, C1

More Halloween Activities
Check out our other Halloween activities for young learners, teens and adults!

Trick or Treat – is a fun activity for young learners where they draw cards and get treats or tricks!

Halloween Guess Who – in this activity, young learners act like monsters helping them consolidate new monster vocabulary.

Zombie Apocalypse – is a fun speaking activity for teens where they discuss how they would survive the zombie apocalypse.

Halloween Family Fortunes – Ideal for teens and adults and even young learners to practice Halloween vocabulary.

Halloween Idioms – Ideal for teens and adults.

Halloween True or False Quiz – This activity is perfect for teens and adults (lower-intermediate +)

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ESL Vocabulary Game

 
 
ESL Bomb is a great game for vocabulary revision. You can use it with groups of vocabulary and it can be a great addition to your classroom routines. 
 
 
Method
 
1. Get a small soft ball and a timer. 
 
2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. i.e transportation When the students get the ball they must say a word from the category and then pass the ball to another student. The must not repeat words. 
 
3. Students continue to pass the ball until the time is up and the bomb explodes! 


This game is a great way to break up the class and get the students focused on the lesson. 

Quick Fire Vocabulary

Method

1. Give the students small pieces of paper. Tell the students to write down vocabulary that you want them to revise or you can get them to write down nouns etc
 
2. Students write down the words and put them in a container. Put the class into teams. 
 
3. Set a timer for 2 or 3 minutes or however long you wish. The teams take turns. Students take words from the container and explain them to their team. When the team says the correct word, the next student takes their turn and moves onto the next word. The objective of the game is to explain as many words as possible in the time allowed. Whichever team guesses the most correct words is the winner.