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Board Game – Follow the Instructions!

This is a game I came up with for a class of 10-11 year olds. It involves some movement, which is great for kids that age. It can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your groups. Don’t forget you’ll need dice and markers!

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Board Game – Are you allowed?

This is a board game activity that reinforces the use of the phrase “Are you allowed to…” and the idea of permission.

It requires all the players to speak, and it can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your groups. Don’t forget you’ll need dice and markers!

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Iraq & Oil Production – Recommendation

I recently used the “Read a Pie Chart” handout found in lesson 2 here:

Thumbs Up Scholastic News In-depth: Rebuilding Iraq

It took 10-15 minutes to discuss the chart and the questions with a group of lower-level 11 and 12 year olds. It is best if you have a world map, or at least a map of the Middle East to go along with this.

Family Q&A Board Game – Recommendation

I have used the Family Q&A board game available at esl-galaxy.com with great success. It goes well with lessons on family vocabulary and relationships, and students always love a game.

Take a look at it here:

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(scroll down to where you see “Who’s in your family?-Family Q and A”).

Revising “Getting to know you” Vocabulary & Structures

With beginning students (or with any students for that matter), it can be a good idea to revisit things they already know in order to reinforce them. The usual “Getting to know you” questions run along the lines of:

  • What is your name? My name is…
  • Where do you live? I live in…
  • How old are you? I am … years old
  • Do you have any brothers or sisters? Yes, I have … / No, I don’t
  • Do you have any pets? Yes, I have… / No, I don’t
  • What do you like to do for fun? I like to…

To revise the questions at a later date, I will give each student a picture of a person from a magazine. I try to make sure the pictures are not of famous people. I then ask them to imagine the answers to these questions for the person I have given them.

Each student then tells the others what they have come up with for their picture.

Variations:
1. Change the questions to include other topics, such as jobs, children, etc.
2. Give all the students the same picture and have them brainstorm the information for the person together while you write their ideas on the board.

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Pronunciation – Recommendation

The following activity is great for teaching past tense pronunciation. I have not used the story, but I have used the worksheet.

*Please note, however, “studied” should be removed from the “id” column; this is an error (it belongs in the “d” column).

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Tic-Tac-Toe

Known as Noughts & Crosses in Britain and Morpian in France, Tic-Tac-Toe is incredibly versatile and useful in the classroom. Like Hangman, it lends itself well to using teams. One game of Tic-Tac-Toe can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to complete, depending on the difficulty.

I will often use it to reinforce vocabulary by placing certain words in the spaces and then requiring students to produce a grammatically correct sentence incorporating the word in order to win the space. If I have the students in teams, the teams alternate in coming up with sentences until there is a winner, or, more likely, the game ends in a tie.

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