Language Games for English
Take a pack of letter
cards, mixed up. It is better if it is not a complete
alphabet, and there are some duplicate cards.
Deal all the cards
out to the players
Students take it in
turns to play cards face down. They must go through the
alphabet, starting from 'A', playing one card face down
and saying the letters in Alphabetical order.
Even if they do not
have the card to be played for that turn, they must play
any card and pretend it is the card they said. Say the
sequence has gone A,B. The next player must play a card
and say C, even if he has not got an C.
If any player does
not believe that someone has played the real card, he
can say: "You're a liar" and turns the card over. If the
card has the letter which was said, the challenger picks
up all the cards. If it is not, the liar picks up all
the cards in the pile. The winner is the first one to
finish all their cards.
activity to review vocabulary:
Make a list
of vocabulary covered in previous lessons. Have students
stand. Call out a vocabulary word. The first student begins
by saying the word and giving the first letter, the second
student the second letter of the word, the third student the
third letter, and so on until the word is spelled correctly.
If somebody makes a mistake they must sit down and we start
from the beginning again until the word is spelled
correctly. The last student must then pronounce the word
correctly and give a definition in order to stay standing.
The student who is left standing is the "survivor" and wins
the game. I usually give them some type of prize. If all the
students remain standing we have a pizza party at the end of
students love it and it is a great way to practise
sits in the front of the classroom (usually in the teacher's
comfortable chair) with his back to the other students. The
teacher then points to students in the class and asks
"What's your name?" The student indicated must respond "My
name is__________" with either his own name or the name of
someone in the class. The student in the front cannot see
who is speaking. The teacher says to him, "Is
it___________?" and he must say "Yes, it is" or "No, it
isn't". If the student in front is correct, he gets to stay
there, but if he's mistaken, he changes place with the
student who fooled him.
To make the
game more interesting, the students are encouraged to
disguise their voices.
I always do
this with my beginners at the beginning of the year, but
always at the end of the class, and for not more than 5 to
10 minutes. (My beginners are elementary age.)
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