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Using music for teaching English

Crocodile – an outdoors game of tag. It is with some reluctance that I post the details of this game – a game which still brings back a little pang of self-conscious pre-teen bad feelings circa 1982.

Crocodile – an outdoors game of tag

I was the new kid at a new school and I attended our first casual clothes day (at a school that requires a uniform these are golden and rare days indeed!) Wearing a singularly bright pink tracksuit with banana yellow panels. Even for an 11 year old in 1982 it was a fashion tragedy which was met with much mirth from my class mates. When we played this game at morning break these class mates managed to victimise me with every round. HOWEVER – I can see that this game can be lots of fun, so here’s how you play: You will need: An open space Four markers (cones, beanbags etc) A gaggle of kids who are familiar with their basic colours optional: a bunch of coloured fabric flags or scarves Sometimes called “Uncle Sam”, (thanks Emma!)

Help your child's learning with free tips and eBooks. Your child will probably now be starting to read independently, but games and activities are still really important to help with phonic skills, word recognition and general language development.

Help your child's learning with free tips and eBooks

Continue to play the full range of games as they will still all help to build confidence and keep it fun! Your child may become more aware of signs, notices, posters, newspaper headlines, TV make the most of this new reading opportunity! This also helps to reinforce why learning to read is so important. 1. Tongue twisters and language games Make up and play with tongue twisters like Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers or Betty Botter bought some butter.... 2. Use the school levelled book to see how many words your child can find with a particular sound e.g. the sound ai even if it’s spelled in different ways: ay, a-e – in two minutes! 3. Find songs and mnemonics to help your child remember the days of the week/months of the year/colours of the rainbow (e.g. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Memory Games. The games below will get your children to hone their memory skills and they won't even realise it!

Memory Games

Most memory games encourage quiet and concentration too, and the more you play, the better you get.. There is something about the clapping and chanting rhythm of this game that used to keep my school friends and I occupied for hours! A quick simple memory game that requires no preparation or equipment, perfect for all sorts of occasions when you need to keep the kids occupied - waiting rooms, train journeys etc - and also as a I Packed My Suitcase is a classic memory game which is useful for all sorts of occasions, from a doctor's waiting room to a long car journey!

I Went On Holiday is a popular memory game which is perfect for keeping kids amused when they are confined to a table, car or waiting room! Also known as Concentration, this card game is an old stand-by which can be adapted for all ages and abilities of children and is great for improving concentration and memory skills. ESL Games for the Classroom. Alphabet Shout Out Randomly choose an alphabet flashcard and award a point to the first student who shouts out a word beginning with that letter.

ESL Games for the Classroom

Alphabet Writing Relay Divide and line up the students into two teams. Divide the board into two halves and have one student from each team run to the board, write 'A', then run to the back of the line. The next student writes 'B', etc. The first team to finish wins. A list of versatile ESL games and fun games to be used in langauge classes. Games are a powerful tool for teaching English.

a list of versatile ESL games and fun games to be used in langauge classes

While other subjects require the content to be the main point of the game, English can be the tool and you can play just about any game you can think of. I love games and love to think up new ways to teach using them. Here are some of my favorite games. Some of these games I have thought up myself. Some of them come from bits and pieces of other games. MES-Mark's favorite games: page one, page two, page three Bingo: there's another whole page dedicated to this. The Line Jumping Game: practice word differentiation or review of vocabulary The teacher should do the exercise with the students and list various items within the category as a warm up.

I like to have 2 or 3 rounds where I try to trick them once each round. The word groups can be changed to more complicated language later on, nouns-adjectives, nouns-verbs, things you do inside-things you do outside, subject pronouns-object pronouns... I use small cards for relay races. Sound bingo » This is a bingo game where the students have to listen to sounds and match them to the pictures on their bingo cards.

Sound bingo »

Great fun for in the classroom: Kindergarten, first and second graders, everyone will enjoy this! Preparation: - Print and optionally laminate all the cards and the checksheet. - Unpack the zipfile containing the sounds. Burn the sounds on a (music)cd and make sure the original sequence of the soundfiles is maintained. The numbers on the check sheet correspond with the numbers on the cd. Let’s play!