Story chains are simple ways to keep students telling a story. Start a story and then students keep adding lines to continue. They can even be done with only words, students relating words to other words through association. One higher level example is using the Zen story about the lucky farmer. Start by telling the […]
This is a very simple idea that works to help students talk about events and narrate a story. Write many ideas / vocabulary on the board, all over the board. ex. A girl in pjamas, a ball, Thursday, green, Last night, the President, kill, Oh, it is beautiful. etc…. Start by telling the […]
Two players face each other. One palms up and the other palms down over the other hand. The player with the palms up try to slap the hand with palms down. When successful, the student can ask the other student a question (improvised or from a list). Swap places.
Overview: A simple but fun quick-fire game to liven up a class or as a reward in the final segment of a language lesson. A student comes to the front of the class, the students choose a topic (for example, ‘Your last holiday’, ‘Your favourite food’ etc), then the class fire questions to the student. […]
I use this game with my students to check spelling of vocabulary introduced in the previous lesson. Divide class in two teams, A and B. Divide the board in the middle. Mark each side of the board for each team. On each side of the board draw: a river with stepping stones for […]
I like using magic tricks to get student’s attention. Along the way, they are learning a lot as you explain and show using language. A great way for rich language learning. Here’s a favorite I used to use with my kids. I”ll guess your birthday Magic Trick Ask your students to do the following, calculating […]
Conversation is the “art of exchange”. Students learn English but very seldom really learn the art of “holding a conversation” and making it a 2 way exchange. This technique helps this. Any time students are performing an activity: dialogue, discussion, task etc… train them to “pass the pen”. After speaking, the student passes the pen […]
PASS THE CHICKEN! The prop is the most important element to this game : ) To begin, all students sit in a circle. Select one person to be IT. That person holds the rubber chicken. The teacher or a “caller” says to the person holding the chicken, “Name five animals. Pass the chicken!” As soon […]
I was reminded of this game while watching an excellent Korean teacher’s English lesson this week. Pass the Paper (Snowball). Students in groups pass around a piece of paper while music plays. When it stops, whoever has the paper must answer the question or do a specific task. In this game – finish the Christmas […]
This is a nice game to play to practice describing people (an important language skill). Simply put up this photo. or this one. Print it out if you want students to work in pairs / groups. Students take turns describing the faces and others guess who it is . One guess / person so they […]
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