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Top 10 TEFL Games and Activities

Top 10 TEFL Games and Activities
TEFL games and other fun activities play an important part of the English class, and not only when teaching English to children. While a class based around tefl games would lack balance [and create certain problems], an English class without any games would also lose a lot. It is important to choose esl games which practice English intensively, and avoid 'empty' ESL games which, while fun, only involve minimal practice of English. Good games for teaching English should involve most of the students using English for most of the time. By involve, I don't mean that students have to be talking nonstop. Many of these TEFL games I've been shown by other teachers over the years I've been teaching. 1 - Word Tennis This English teaching game is an ideal warmer when teaching English to kids , especially 6 to 8 year olds, and is an excellent way to review vocabulary. Divide the class into 2 halves. Point quickly to the first student. 2 - Call My Bluff 3 - 20 Questions TEFL Game 4 - How Many Words? Related:  ESL GAMES AND ACTIVITIESteaching ideas, lesson plansEFL

Hop! Jump! Turn! Objectives: Demonstrate an understanding of action words; express meaning through mime; practice memory and aural comprehension skills. ESL Level: Newcomers as well as those who have a few months of English. Procedure: Teach action words through pictures and mime. Here is my beginning list : walk,sit,playrun, read, writejump, point,singturn, stand,looktalk, smile,climbeat, drink, crysleep, listen, open After students have learned these words, compile a list of twenty to thirty action words which are relevent to the ability and ages of your students. Teach students to respond to each word on your list with a specific action. When students can respond correctly to most of the words, play this game with them: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Six Word Stories Recently, I participated in a fabulous digital storytelling workshop through TESOL Electronic Village Online. One of the activities that caught my eye during the workshop was Six Word Stories. The process is simple: Students choose a picture and tell a story in six words. I had so much fun doing the activity myself I decided to use it with both my young learners and my more mature learners. I did a Creative Commons search on Flickr to find funny photos for the project, and collected them in galleries. Here’s one of the pictures my young learners chose, and how their story developed: Student 1: Horse angry. The process was similar with my mature learners (the baby of the class is 50), but they worked in pairs and then as a group so they could pool their grammar knowledge and help each other. photo by Matt Barber I would trade my husband for him.

Games to Teach English Grammar While using games to teach English grammar is not the only way - there are many other excellent ESL grammar activities - it is a fun and interesting way to motivate your students. ESL grammar games, when focussed, can provide a lot of grammar practice in a way that doesn't seem like work. The following ESL games are for children, adults or both. I have written information on the level and ages a game is suitable for in the descriptions of the games. Games to Teach English - Conditionals Conditional Circle is a good ESL grammar activity for practicing conditional sentences. If you are teaching the second conditional, you could ask the first student, "What would you do if you saw a snake in the park?" Games to Teach English - Yes/No Questions & Answers - Simple Present There are so many games to teach English grammar which practice yes/no questions and answers. The 20 questions TEFL game is a classic of English teaching, and is explained in the article Top 10 TEFL Games What's in my bag?

Free Printable Party Games: Click, Print, and Play! Just open and print the free printable party games you'll find below (all in PDF), and your dinner party (or whatever party) will practically run itself. Playing these fun printable games couldn't be any easier-- all the work is done for you. Here, you'll find rule & supply lists, printable drawing and question sheets, and perfectly clear and easy to follow instructions. The games are simply categorized by type, and each of these free printable party games will print out on its own sheet-- organized, easy-to-use, and (of course) lots of fun. Here you'll find fun printable games to play at the table during a dinner party, entertaining icebreakers to play with a group of new friends, and great drinking games (bring a bottle!) To use these free printable party games, simply open them up in Adobe Acrobat Reader (almost everybody had this program-- if you don't, click here to download it for free) and print them out on your printer at home. Free Printable Party Games: Party Icebreakers or...

Telephone Charades Summary: Funny icebreaker game, especially for larger groups. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation. Goal: To have the player at the end of the line do best imitation of the original action. Preparation: - Print the list of actions below and plan what your actions will be - You'll be the moderator and judge How to Play the Telephone Charades Game: 1. 2. 3. 4. List of Actions: 1. To add this game to your website or blog, simply copy and paste the following URL: You May Also Enjoy: Where The Wind Blows - Chair Basketball - Steal The Bacon

How coursebooks can help you to teach unplugged Teaching unplugged is, of course, all about creating learning pictures together with students, beginning and ending with the people in the room. But once topics and language have 'emerged' in this setting, coursebooks can help you to find ways to teach with that input/output in eclectic and effective ways. Image: spitfirelas Right, so teaching unplugged is often associated with avoiding coursebooks (or at least minimalising their influence over what is taught, when and how). I love teaching unplugged, and I doubt I could ever go back to using coursebook-oriented courses. Whatever your stance with regards to coursebooks, I think most people would agree that they do some things exceedingly well. So while I might not push to have my learners buy and use coursebooks, I certainly continue to buy and look at them. I'll give you some quick examples, based on some great ideas I gleaned from taking a close look at Lindsay Clandfield's impressive new series Global. Right, what's next then? Thanks!

TEFL Teaching beginners Teaching beginners is one of the most interesting and ongoing training as a teacher will keep on discovering other techniques in order to capture the understanding of the beginner, rather to make the beginner understand. The term ?beginner? The absolute beginner- these are students who don? *The verb ? *Possessive pronouns ? * subject and verb inversion in the question form. It would be much better to the students if I began lesson with, Hi, I am-------- and then gesture to the student to repeat a similar phrase. The false beginner-these are students who have been exposed to English before but are only able to produce a bit of simple structures. *Some learners will really know more than they admit, with the passing of time might become bored with some of the basics. *Some learners might be false beginners because of inherent learning problems. In such cases give more advanced learners more difficult tasks. The young beginner- these are students who lack motivation in that they haven? 1. 2.

ESL Games, Quizzes and Classroom ESL Activities Free ESL Games and Quiz Corner Welcome to our 'Free ESL Games and Quiz Corner'. Here you'll find interactive games, ESL classroom activities and games, online quizzes and hundreds of printable quiz questions in graded sets, including many sample question sets from our ESL board game Word Up. You'll also find excerpts from articles and books on using games in language learning plus links to many other ESL games and activity resources online. For TeachersMost of the classroom games and activities may be used with students of any level except for absolute beginners. For the card games, Matching Cards (Opposites) has printable card sets for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, while Matching Cards (Phrasal Verbs) has cards suitable for upper intermediate to advanced students.

ESL multilevel activities All ESL classes have multilevel students to a degree, but in general the students are close enough to each other that they can all benefit from the same activity. When we refer to teaching an ESL multilevel class, therefore, we are referring to a class where the students are so far apart in language skills that a single game or activity cannot be given to all students. Obviously, this can be a planning nightmare and a lot of extra work for the ESL teacher. ESL Multilevel Class Sizes In deciding on how a plan for organizing the class, it is important to consider the number of students, and the range of levels. For a small class, you can often split your time and efforts effectively between the individual students. Drama is an ideal multilevel activity which lends itself well to small groups. ESL Multilevel Activity 1 - Buddy Reading For larger classes there are other options, and these multilevel ESL activities also work for the smaller groups too. ESL Multilevel Activity 2 - Peer Editing

A Wordle of Tricks and Ideas: 101 Ways to Use Word Clouds There were quite a lot of questions regarding the use and creation of word clouds in my talk at TEA 2010, so, as promised, I'll try to divulge some tricks, and suggest more ideas on how to use these clouds with your students. If you use any of these ideas, a link to this post would be appreciated. That's not too much to ask for, is it? Why they might not work For a list of where you can create these clouds, see the page Useful Resources, under Word Clouders. web browser plug-in. in your web browser, see here. How they work What word clouders do is basically read a string of words and display them in a graphically attractive format. Also, note that most common words and numbers are removed by default. Tricks Forcing words to appear together To force words to appear together, insert a tilde (~) between the words. , the tilde is obtained by pressing Alt Gr and 4 together. Removing words after cloud is created Inserting background images to your cloud . When you have it in PowerPoint Move the mouse