TeachingEnglish

Listening race

This is a game to practise personal descriptions, and works on aural skills. 

The competitive element makes the children a lot more eager to join in and really listen. I have been using with my students aged 10 and 11.

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Concentration

This is a good game for high-energy groups when you need to get them all sitting down and on task.

They really have to concentrate to stay in the game. If you don’t have space to get everyone sitting in a circle or you can’t move the tables you can do it standing up. 

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Change places…

This is a great activity to get students moving about and practice some vocabulary or sentence structures.

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Lost your voice

This is like a role-play activity with no dialogue!

It needs a little bit of preparation time for you to write out the ‘problem cards’. You can imagine any scenario where functional language would be used, such as at the train station, in a restaurant or at the shops. Set the scene by telling the students where they are.

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Writing consequences

This is a fun activity to create a group story.

Each student needs a blank sheet of paper and a pen. If possible, sit in a circle shape to play. Each student adds one stage to the story then folds the paper to cover the information and passes the paper to the student on the right. At each stage, before folding and passing to the student on the right, give these instructions.

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Scrabble letters

These activities all use letters from the classic game of Scrabble.

Introduction
It requires a bit of preparation to prepare the scrabble letters but they can be used with all ages and levels so it may well be a good investment of your time.

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Games for question practice

An essential skill in communicating and keeping up a conversation is the ability to ask questions.

Introduction
Students sometimes get lots of chances to answer questions but here is how you can get them to make some questions themselves! These activities can be used with a whole range of levels.

1. FAQ's challenge
Tell students that they are preparing information on a topic for a booklet or a website e.g. tourist information for their town, information about their school system, information about customs or music in their country.

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