Games Galore – Part 1

This semester, I’ve been able to experiment with a lot of different games. I teach all regular classes, so I only see the students once a week, and have plenty of chances to try out new games. These classes are mostly focused on having fun, getting the students to enjoy speaking English, and hopefully getting them to remember some English. The students love to play games, and if done in the right way, I think they can really learn a lot while playing a game. Over the next few weeks, I am going to share a few of my favorite games in hopes that maybe you will find a new game to use in class or these games will spark an idea for something else. Be sure to note that none of these games are supposed to take up a whole lesson. They are used along with teaching the main target, practicing together as a class, writing, textbook, etc.

Game #1 – Vampire Attack

This is a spelling game I created by combining a few games that already exist. It is a mix of the game criss-cross, sparkle (a spelling game I used with my students in the U.S.), and acting like a vampire, something the students seem to love. Have a row of students stand up. Ask them to spell a word (any word you have been learning about in class). For example, “doctor”. The first student says “d” and remains standing, the next student says “o” and remains standing, etc. When the whole word is spelled, the next person gets to go crazy and act like a vampire, “attacking” the next student in line who has to sit down. The next student in line (after the students that sat down) has to start spelling a new word that the teacher announces. If a student says a wrong letter, they are “attacked” by the teacher and have to sit down. The last person standing wins and their team gets a few points! That student stays standing and that column of students stands up for a new round.

For Anuban students, you could do a version of this game with the alphabet or counting, and maybe do tickling instead of acting like a vampire. For Anuban 1 (3 year olds), when we practice counting to 5, I go around the room giving out high fives for 1-4 and then tickle a kid on 5. If you are teaching math in the MEP program next year, you could have the students practice their multiples/skip counting in English. There are lots of possibilities!

That’s it for now, but be sure to look for my next posts – “Throw the Pig SWAT” and “Rock-Paper-Scissors Relay”!

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