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Games. ESL EFL Yes No Question Games. Changing Chairs Age/Level: Any Time: 20 minutes Players: Individual Preparation: Incomplete question cards for each student Aim: To write and respond to yes/no questions This is an excellent ESL game for teaching a variety of question structures.

ESL EFL Yes No Question Games

It's guaranteed to get your students’ attention. Procedure Write a set of incomplete questions, e.g. Give each student a copy of the incomplete questions and ask them to complete each question anyway they want, but they should try to make questions other students would reply 'yes' to. When everyone has finished, collect all the questions from the students and put them in a bag. Next, put all the chairs in a circle. Explain that the students have to move chairs if they would answer 'yes' to the question. Then read the first question, and as the students move, you grab a seat and remove it from the game. The last player left is the winner. Changing Chairs.PDF Make 'Em Laugh. PowerPoint Games. Using Games in the ELL Classroom, Part I.

Published Online: September 19, 2012 By Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski In the Middle East long ago, Nasreddin Hodja crossed the border every day with bales of hay carried by a donkey.

Using Games in the ELL Classroom, Part I

The guards were sure he was a smuggler but could never find anything. Years later, one of the guards retired and saw Hodja at a market. "I'm retired, so you can tell me now, what were you smuggling? " It was very obvious to Hodja what was going on every day, but not so obvious to the guards. Learning another language can be a challenging and often frustrating experience for many of our students. Judy Willis, neurologist and teacher, writes that students, especially adolescents, are more likely to store information as part of their long-term memory and make it available for later retrieval by participating in activities they enjoy.

Games have long been particularly popular in the English-language learner classroom, and research has borne out their effectiveness. Using Games in the ELL Classroom, Part II. Educational Activities, Games, and Resources for Classroom use by Teachers. The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games. I’ve already posted a list of sites where both teachers and students can make more sophisticated online games that would be useful for language development — The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games

I SPY Online Games: Play Free Games. The Best Language Learning Games (That Are Not Online) I’ve previously written about my favorite language-learning games that I use in the classroom (see Games Students Play: Using Classroom Games To Teach And To Learn).

The Best Language Learning Games (That Are Not Online)

Last month, I asked readers to share their favorites, too. Here are their contributions (feel free to leave additional ideas in the comments section of this post): Yoon: This is a popular game in my country. Caterpillar. My students think this should be called "hot seat", but it's nothing like the TV show, so I have called it Caterpillar to avoid confusion.


This is a game that I devised & adapted over several years to its present form - no doubt I was influenced by other games though, so please don't feel offended if it has some similar elements in it to other classroom games! Caterpillar is a team game, however it works even better when teams are uneven in size at it means that students get to "compete" with someone different each time around. It allows for everyone to contribute something - the student who is agile but not so good at languages can use that, the student with the great memory for vocab is an asset to the team, as is the problem solver, and even the maths whiz depending on your questions. The game allows for consultation among the team, but there are also rules that control the volume too. It's a tricky one to explain - normally I use a hands-on approach to "teach" the game. Here goes! Articles on TEFL games. TEFLtastic blog News, views and reviews from TEFL lifer Alex Case, plus 1000 worksheets and 500 articles via the drop-down menus.

Articles on TEFL games

Low prep games using just pens and pencils. Ideas for classroom games that only need pens or pencils and often not even paper, as well as minimal preparation time.

Low prep games using just pens and pencils

This article is part of an occasional series on minimal preparation games using objects that are already in every classroom, in this case being ordinary ballpoint pens, HB pencils, board pens, felt tip pens etc. See the bottom of this page for links to the previous articles in the series. The number of TEFL games you can play with pencil and paper are almost limitless, and include drawing games, hangman and battleships. As there are so many of those, I am concentrating here on games that can be played with just pens or pencils (i.e. no paper), and with little or no preparation by the teacher before class. Ideas which break those rules are nearer the bottom of the article. 1. Pencils that have been sharpened over the years and so become different lengths, e.g. colouring pencils, can be put in someone’s hand so that their lengths cannot be seen. 2. 3.