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10 Board Games for EFL Teachers - Teach English Spain

10 Board Games for EFL Teachers - Teach English Spain
How often do you play board games with your English learners? With a little bit of imagination, you can use your board to practise grammar, lexis and pronunciation in lots of fun and engaging ways that will make your learners love your classes. If you’re lucky, the board may be a new-fangled, hi-tech snazzy interactive smartboard. If you have never used one of these, they are basically like a giant tablet. You can do anything with them, but they do have a habit of breaking down when you’re in the middle of an activity. The majority of private language academies – and even universities and training centres – still use boards which aren’t very smart at all – but are much more reliable. There are two main types: 1. 2. Now, whichever type of board you use, I hope you use it for more than delivering boring grammar presentations and noting down new vocabulary. I hope you use it for language learning games. 1. One student sits with their back to the board. That’s the boring version. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Blank Board Games to Print Blank board games allow you to create a board game of your own or play a simple board game on the fly. As a teacher, you may use them to help students review important content. As a parent, download these templates to come up with a creative family game or help your children come up with creative ideas for new games. Use coins and pieces of paper or small plastic figurines as playing pieces and find a pair of dice, or make your own spinner to help players move around the board. Classroom Icebreakers for Back to School - TechNotes Blog - TCEA The first day of a new school year can be awkward and nerve-wracking for both teachers and students. Why not break the ice that day (or week) with a few, fun, getting-to-know you activities? Giving your students a chance to share special facts about themselves and learn about their teacher at the same time will help ease first-day jitters. And it helps to build a sense of community in the class, an important requirement as they collaborate with each other throughout the year. Below are some of my favorite icebreaker activities. The activities are fun and easy.

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