TEFL Resources: Games to play in class PART 1

TEFL Resources: Games to play in class PART 1

Both adults and children love to play games in class. The first ones because after a long workday they just look for a relaxed English class and the latter because in their nature the game is paramount.


Vocabulary Games

These TEFL Resources are for you to have ideas of games to play in class. Here you can find two games to learn vocabulary, suitable for all levels.

1. Write up the word Southampton. Demonstrate how many words the word  Southampton contains: so, out, south, am, ham, ton, on… Write another long word the group knows. Then working in pairs the players write down as many
words as they can find in the given word. The words must be of two letters or  more. Set a two minute time limit. The player with the most words is the winner.

2. The game is played between two players. One player begins the first game by  “serving” a word to the other player. The opponent has to return by replying with either a related word, or a word which rhymes with the first word. The game continues until a player cannot return a word.

Player 1: serving-Forest
Player 2: wood
Player 1: tree
Player 2: Bee
Player 1: Honey
And so on, till one of the players wins by scoring 4, the second game begins with player 2 serving to player 1. The player who wins the best out of three games is the winner.

Grammar games

1. Begin the game by saying I’ve got a cake. Explain that the first player has to repeat this sentence and add a new object, ex: I’ve got a cake and two pens. The game continues with each player in turn trying to rememeber what the last player said, and then adding on a new item to the sentence. Player are eliminated from the game if they make a memory mistake or hesitate too long. Do not eliminate players for grammar mistakes, just correct the mistake and let the player continue.

2. Ask a player to leave the room for a moment. Decide with the rest on a key word for him to guess. The word should have several meanings (ex: kind, Wha kind of car is it?, he is very kind). Ask the group to think of some sentences using the key word and illustrating its different meanings, but substituting the key word with the word TEAPOT. Ask the player to come back in and listen to the conversation the others have, he may join in if he likes. The aim is to try to find out what the key word is. Ex: Player 1: I don’t think it is going to teapot today, do you?
Player 2: No, it hasn’t teapotted for a long time Key word is: rain

3.  Ask a player to come to the front of the room and look carefully at the scene. Then ask the player to leave the room for a moment. While the player is out, with the help of the group make five changes to objects in the room, ex: clean the board, empty the bin, open a window, write something in the interactive board, etc. The player then comes back in and tries to find out what has been changed. For example: The board has been cleaned, the window has been opened.


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