Practice makes perfect . . . and students are more likely to practice their language skills in a fun activity. Each of these documents explains how and why you should include the game in your language program.
Bean bag games Use bean bags in throwing and catching games or to mark a place on the floor or lawn, as in Fruit Salad. Younger learners are generally not so good at catching a ball; a bean bag is easier to catch.
Picture sheet games A simple grid containing pictures can be used for many different activities to practise the MCTs (Meaningful Chunks of Text) and vocabulary your students have been learning.
Attack ball Students in upper primary and secondary enjoy this team quiz which is based on basketball. All teams start with the same number of points; they protect their own points and can attack another team by answering a challenge correctly. Example: Ask Dean where he is going on holiday. or Describe a giraffe. Teachers need to supervise closely because the excitement level can quickly rise.
I know more! In small groups, students challenge each other to demonstrate how much they know.
It helps if there is a pre-determined list of people or characters that students can choose from, for example favourite cartoon characters, famous singers, popular sports figures. Watch out for commercial versions on sale.
Robot instructions Students practise following and giving instructions related to directions (Go straight ahead. Turn right. Stop. Go back 2 steps. Move forward 5 steps. etc) to move around a room, a space or a map.
Where’s-Wally Individual students practise guessing where Wally is: Is Wally on top of the cupboard? Is he under the printer? Is Wally behind the tissue box? and the class responds with Yes/No or Hot/Cold or Near/Far. Includes figures of Wally and Wenda to print, laminate and hide.