If you believe there is a role for games and fun activities in your classes, and you need a handy collection that includes clear instructions for a wide range of games and activities, this book is for you.
- Over 100 pages of games, quizzes and printables
- Includes ice-breaker games for new classes
- Entertaining filler activities for 5 to 15 minutes
- Vocab, phrasal verb and general knowledge quizzes
- Classic games: 20 Questions, Hot Seat, Coffee Pot
- Word-O-Bingo with printable cards and clues
- Spelling games and quizzes plus graded word lists
- Playing time, player numbers and preparation time provided for every game
- Plus! Hundreds of printable quiz questions in graded sets (with answers)
The book is organised into five main sections covering icebreakers, fillers, classic ESL games, quiz games and spelling games, plus a detailed introduction, selected extracts from books and articles on using games in the classroom, and a selection of recommended books for further reading.
The first section contains games that help learners in a new class get to know each other and feel relaxed with one another. Many involve information gaps or information exchanges from which they can learn about each other’s hobbies and pastimes, likes and dislikes, ambitions and goals for the future, and so on. The games help to create a fun, non-threatening atmosphere that encourages students to feel comfortable in, and develop a positive attitude towards, their new class.
As the name suggests, these games can be used whenever you find yourself unexpectedly faced with a few minutes to fill during a class. This could occur when waiting for latecomers to arrive, when a lesson has to be put on hold some reason, or when a lesson has been completed five or ten minutes before the end of a class. The games require no preparation, are easy to explain and organize, and are flexible enough in terms of duration to keep your students happily occupied for as long as necessary.
Classic ESL Games
The games in this section have been used in classrooms for so long that they’re often referred to as “classic ESL games”, and many teachers would consider their “box of tricks” incomplete without them. They include Hot Seat, Coffee Pot, Telephone (or Chinese Whispers), Word-O Bingo, and the most classic of them all, Twenty Questions.
Most of us enjoy having our knowledge tested in quiz games, and classroom quiz games are a big hit with learners. In this section you’ll find games in which general knowledge is tested, as well as games in which various aspects of English are tested, including a wide range of vocabulary and phrasal verbs. Graded sets of quiz questions for all the games are provided.
Spelling quizzes and spelling bees have long been a part of life for native English-speaking students in schools throughout the English-speaking world, and they’re now becoming part of the TOEFL world as well. The games in this section include spelling quizzes for both teams and individuals, as well as a game based on the traditional spelling bee. Graded word lists are provided.
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“I teach English to nonnative speakers in Thailand and Korea and my students love these games and activities. The games are fun and clearly explained and the spelling, vocab and grammar quizzes come with hundreds of printable quiz questions in graded sets. Highly recommended.” Gillian Spears, MA (TEFL) Chiangmai, Thailand