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Flashcard Sentences: An ESL Speaking Game for Kids to Try out Today. Games for the Classroom. Paper planes: First, have your students make some paper planes.

Games for the Classroom

Stand the students in two lines as two teams. For the competition, assign different classroom objects points (e.g. table 5 points, door 10 points, window 20 points). 27 Proven ESL Games for Large Classes (40-50 students) - Monkey Abroad. I work at a high school in Thailand and my job is to teach obscenely large classes.

27 Proven ESL Games for Large Classes (40-50 students) - Monkey Abroad

One thing I’ve learned: handling a hoard of 40-50 students in a single classroom requires games. A whole mess of games. Unless you’ve got a few activities in your back pocket at all times, the classroom might turn into a scene from Lord of the Flies. To prevent that from happening, you can always refer to this list of 27 proven ESL games for large classes. Fluentu. Spaceman: An alternative to hangman – tekhnologic. The general aim is for students to find a mystery word (represented by dashes) by guessing which letters make up that word.

Spaceman: An alternative to hangman – tekhnologic

If students guess a letter which is not part of that word, the first part of a stick figure is drawn on the board. A quick YouTube search will show several demonstrations of the game in this format. However, hangman is potentially a problematic game. This organization notes that there are 58 countries in the world that use hanging as a form of capital punishment. Pairprep. Teaching grammar through Listening (for MFL teachers)

(with Dylan Vinales and Steve Smith) Please note: the examples in this blopost are mostly in French.

Teaching grammar through Listening (for MFL teachers)

I will publish another post for EFL teachers in the immediate future 1. Introduction. Students make their own ‘gap fill’ puzzles – Mike Astbury – Teaching Games. This activity is designed to recycle new vocabulary and help students produce it and put it in context.

Students make their own ‘gap fill’ puzzles – Mike Astbury – Teaching Games

In the example my upper intermediate class are revising a set of binomials that we’d studied in the previous lesson from English File upper intermediate 3rd ed. The example can be downloaded here as a Powerpoint file and you can use it as a template for your own lesson. There is also a PDF version. Preparation Here is our lexical set. The vocabulary is printed onto card, with a set of 16 for every pair of students. I write two sets of 8 gap fill questions, different to the ones that the students completed in the previous lesson. Fun ESL Classroom Games, Custom Worksheets, Printable Flashcards, and Teaching Tools. Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for teachers and teacher trainers.

Daniela Tomatis, Italy Daniela Tomatis is a teacher at Scuola Media Villanova Mondovì, Cuneo, in the north of Italy.

Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for teachers and teacher trainers

She is interested in vocabulary teaching and memory techniques. She enjoys trying new activities. E-mail: MAKE IT PERSONAL: VERB TENSE REVIEW. One of the ways to make learning more effective is to transit from mechanical practice to more engagement with the target grammar or vocabulary focusing on the use of forms for students’ own production of speech or writing.


My today’s post describes an adaptation of the extended version of Noughts and Crosses (or Tic-Tac-Toe) that offers a higher level of challenge for students turning a tense review into a personally relevant and meaningful activity. For the game, students will need coordinate grids with each square defined by the horizontal axis (Simple, Continuous, Perfect and Perfect Continuous) and the vertical axis (Present, Past and Future). a 3×4 grid – for tenses in active voice, Grid 1. Classroom Countdown – tekhnologic. Contents Introduction It’s not a new idea, Countdown has been written about before.

Classroom Countdown – tekhnologic

You might want to check out these posts here, here and here. The reason Countdown is so suited to the classroom is that it is a mixture of word and number games. There are three rounds in Countdown. Round 1 – The contestants choose a mixture of 9 vowels and consonants. Round 2 – One contestant chooses 6 numbers and then a three digit number is selected as the goal. Round 3 – The last round is a puzzle round. Round 1 works well for any level and Round 3 would be better for higher level learners. Bingo Card Generator - make and print your printable bingo cards. Free, Printable Bingo Cards by Bingo Baker. CristinaSkyBox: Anyone for Bingo? As a the promise of Spring lingers, my mind wanders through the daily challenge of how to capture my students' attention to learning vocabulary.

CristinaSkyBox: Anyone for Bingo?

5 Fantastic Ways to Pair Students. You know what it’s like, the students are sitting down in their predictable places and you say “Right!

5 Fantastic Ways to Pair Students

We are going to move you around. Listen to your number!”. You give a number to each student and you pair them up with their corresponding number. In essence, you just move the students – which is meant to be their new – partner but the same person that they are with for the remainder of their course. ESL Games Adults Archives - ESL Speaking. Big EL Classes: They don’t have to be a Nightmare 50 students in a class? Sounds like your biggest nightmare? I’m not going to sugar-coat it for you-it is kind of a nightmare and in a language class, it’s really ridiculous.

Ideally, you’d have between 8 and 16 students. Eight is enough to do pretty much any activity, while 16 isn’t so big that you’ve unable to give any sort of individual feedback. ESL for adults. 12 Fun Speaking Games for Language Learners. Posted 11/12/2015 2:28PM | Last Commented 12/18/2015 6:31PM Have you ever asked a question to your English language class, only to be answered with complete silence and blank stares?

At one point every English teacher has had the struggle of encouraging students to speak. Perhaps the student has a deep fear of making a mistake, or maybe the student is just plain shy, even in their native language. Gap Fill Exercises – Reviewing the answers with PowerPoint. If you are teaching from a course book you are always going to come across a gap fill exercise. If you are teaching using music, you may come across a gap fill exercise asking students to complete the lyrics. If you are taking a language proficiency test you may be using practice papers that ask you to put the correct conjugation of the verb into the gap.

If you have downloaded any language learning apps, the chances are some of the activities within them are going to be based on the gap fill exercise. There are many ways to spice up a gap fill exercises. You could try tearable sentences, which was my version of Peter Pun’s idea. Or using QR codes, which was something Martin Sketchley wrote about recently here, and something I tried and felt that it was a success in the classroom. Actors, Directors and Prompters. There are many situations where it isn’t possible to use technology in the classroom. It can be because the classroom doesn’t have the necessary resources, or worse the technology has failed and you need a plan B. It may also be because you are covering a lesson and it can more effective to rely on low to zero-prep activities. I think most teachers have been in all these situations at one point or another, so I have been thinking for the last few months that I should start a tekhnologic lite section.

The section dedicated to the activities and plan B’s that I use when things go wrong or when there just isn’t the time or the resources. Actors, Directors and Prompters. Word Snap! There are many situations where it isn’t possible to use technology in the classroom. Tekhnologic lite is dedicated to the activities and plan B’s that can be used when things go wrong or when there just isn’t the time or the resources. Click here to view the previous post in the series. Word Snap is what I call this activity, but it is not a new idea and I am not the first person to write about it. I stumbled across a great post back in May 2013 via the Teaching English – British council Facebook page. It was a post by another blogger¹ who wrote about an activity they thought could be the greatest ever icebreaker.

Unfortunately, the original post isn’t available for me to link to, but I remember that it linked to this video and the author wondered how students would respond to the game in EFL classes. The video introduces a word game from the band OK Go. So, I decided to use vocabulary sets. The first time I used it, I used the vocabulary presented in the coursebook I was teaching. Word Snap! JETs in Sendai - JHS 1st Year. 2014sdcbookletpdf1. ESL Warm Up Activities for Adults - Business English Resources. Good warm ups for English class are fun but not a complete waste of time. Below are some activities that work well for business English classes. The Question Game. A Bollywood Style Song Lesson. PANTOGRAPH. Winkfun. Seven ideas for using mobile phones in the classroom. The post was talking about if mobile phones are really a distraction and how they relate to classroom management.

The Jigsaw Method. Word Links: A Vocabulary Game. I am sure this activity goes by another name, but I have called it Word Links for the time being. I first saw this activity on a Japanese TV show called QSama, where two English words were shown on the screen and the contestants had to guess the connecting word. If you know this activity by another name, please let me know in the comments section. VS. GoogleBattle: The latest indicator of cultural relevance. Apple / Microsoft. Google Feud. Word Jumble: Practicing sentence structures. Informed Teachers: QR Codes in Education ? An innovative way. Snowballs! Zero Materials. Four MS Word templates for making your own material! Product Reviews for Teachers. Website Review. Tekhnologic. I have always had mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day because people respond to this day in so many different ways.

There are couples who are in love and spend this day together happily. There are couples who get into arguments because one of them has forgotten about Valentine’s Day or the romance is missing from the day. Tekhnologic. Four MS Word templates for making your own material! Lesson Plan Exchange - Welcome to OitaJET.