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Two No-Prep ESL Ball games

  ESL WORD ASSOCIATION GAME (THE TALKING BALL) This is an effective and enjoyable activity which encourages the active participation of learners. The aim of the game is to help learners practice words associated with a particular topic or category. For example, you could ask the learners to use only names of animals, countries, verbs […]

Preposition construction

Preposition construction is an exciting game that is very effective for teaching prepositions. If properly carried out, it is very rewarding due to a high level of involvement from the learners in the learning process. Activity time: 30 minutes Materials required: Desk, barrier (a large piece of cardboard paper or a light board that can act as a barrier), […]

ESL Listen Carefully


“Listen Carefully” is a simple game for young learners. This game is a great way to practice sentence forming in a way that is not boring for your students! Its also a great way to practice ESL listening skills.

Method
1. First do an example and then choose one student that will give instructions to the other students.
e.g The student says “Stand up” and then all the other students must stand up.
2. The student gives more instructions to the class but does a different action.
e.g student says “Walk to the window” but the student who says the action walks to the door.
Students who don’t do the correct action are eliminated.
After, change the student who is giving the instructions.
After some practice, students will love this activity and its a great way to practice revision and sentence formation.

ESL Listen Carefully

ESL Listen Carefully “Listen Carefully” is a simple game for young learners. This game is a great way to practice sentence forming in a way that is not boring for your students! Its also a great way to practice ESL listening skills. Method 1. First do an example and then choose one student that will give […]

ESL River is a simple game that can be used to get students out of their chairs and revising vocabulary and listening at the same time. 
 
This game is always enjoyed and is sure to be requested again and again. 
 
Method
 
1. Get students to stand in a line. Make sure they have plenty of space. 
 
2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. i.e animals. When you say an animal, the students have to jump over “the river”.  If you say another word from another category and the students jump, the crocodile gets them and they are out. 
 
3. Let the students take control and they call out the words.  This game can be a great end of class activity. 

ESL Game River

Can’t see the video? Click here ESL River is a simple game that can be used to get students out of their chairs and revising vocabulary and listening at the same time.    This game is always enjoyed and is sure to be requested again and again.    Method   1. Get students to stand in […]

ESL Chain is a great game that you can add to your class routines. Its a great game to practice and revise vocabulary and its always really enjoyed by children. 
 
Method
 
1. Get a small soft ball and then get students to form a circle. 
 
2. Students pass the ball and count, say the days of the week, say the months of the year or any other sequence they need to revise. 
 
3. Only the child who has the ball can speak. 

ESL Chain

Can’t see the video? Click here ESL Chain is a great game that you can add to your class routines. Its a great game to practice and revise vocabulary and its always really enjoyed by children.    Method   1. Get a small soft ball and then get students to form a circle.    2. […]