ESL Odd One Out is an online game that is a great way to practice vocabulary and speaking with young learners. This activity is great to help students practice for the Cambridge Movers exam. In total there are 8 rounds with 3 sets of pictures in each round.
Age/Level: Young Learners (Cambridge Movers)
Time: Varies depends on needs
Players: Teams or individually
Preparation: None! Just use the prepared online game below
Aim: To practice for Movers exam Part 2. To practice vocabulary, prepositions and speaking.
Display the interactive game on your interactive whiteboard or simply using a projector.
Explain to students that you are going to show them 4 pictures and they must guess which picture is the Odd One Out or as in the Movers speaking exam, ask students to tell you “which one is different”.
The students should then select which one is different and explain why. Students should say something like “This one is different because…”.
This activity can be played with students in groups or each student getting asked one set of pictures each.
Remember: What is most important is that students give a full answer. Any answer is correct as long as the student can say why.
ESL Christmas Story Recall is a simple activity for young learners. Students are told or watch a short video about a Christmas story. Then, in pairs or groups they try to rewrite the story and then retell it. This is a fun activity to get students speaking and writing on the topic of Christmas.
Alternatively, you can print out the story and cut it up. Students have to try to put the story back into the correct order. Then, they watch again and see if they put it back together correctly. With lower level students print pictures of the story and have them put them into the correct order.
An example of this version can be downloaded here:
ESL Christmas Game Tongue Twisters – This activity is a great way to practice pronunciation while having some Christmas fun! Write some tongue twisters on the board and get students to try and say them correctly. Award point to students who manage to say them successfully. You can extend this game by getting students to write their own tongue twisters and have other students say them. Encourage students to use vocabulary they have studied before in class on the topic.
Some tongue twister ideas include:
Seven Santas sang silly songs.
Tiny Timmy trims the tall tree with tinsel.
Santa’s sleigh slides on slick snow.
Bobby brings bright bells.
How many deer would a reindeer reign if a reindeer could reign deer?
Running reindeer romp ’round red wreaths.
Kris Kringle chose to climb the chimney at Christmas.
Chilly chipper children cheerfully chant.
Two trains travel together to Toyland.
Eleven elves licked eleven little liquorice lollipops.
Santa’s sack sags slightly.
Ten tiny tin trains toot ten times.
There’s chimney soot on Santa’s suit.
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ESL Christmas Quiz – This great no-prep Christmas quiz is great for teens and adults and covers Christmas cultural knowledge, vocabulary, Christmas music.
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Christmas Story Recall– In this activity, students watch/listen to a short Christmas story and then they try and rewrite/tell the story later.
ESL Christmas Charades– This activity is a great no-prep game for teens and adults to practice Christmas vocabulary.
Just a minute Christmas Challenge – In this activity students need to speak about a Christmas photo for one minute. This activity is great for teens and adults who are preparing for the B1 Exam (PET).
Beat the Clock is a simple ESL game to play with young learners. In this game, students need to organise flashcards into the correct order as quickly as possible. The student who organises the flashcards the quickest is the winner!
This game is great for days of week, months of the year, seasons or any other group of words that can be ordered a specific way.
Give each student an alphabet flashcard or two depending in your class size.
Play‘the Alphabet Song’and while the music is playing students must hold up their flashcard when the letter is called.
The teach can call out a word and students spell the word out with their flashcards. Have students line up in the correct order. This game is a great way to revise spelling of vocabulary and a great way to burn off some extra energy students may have