Here is a fun activity I’ve learned recently which can be used with songs. It sounds it will work well with young learners yet sometimes the teenagers also would like to do something like this.
• Choose some words from the song you will use in the class and prepare word cards. Stick the words to the board.
• Divide students into two teams (or groups if you have a big class). Work with the words for a while. Give definition, a handout, etc. Any vocabulary exercise will do according to the level of the class.
• When the class is ready tell them each team will stand in a line in front of the board.
• Play the song.
• When a student at the front of the line hears a word in the song, s/he runs to the board and takes the card for the team. Then s/he goes to the back.
• Game continues until all the words have been removed from the board.
• The team with the most cards wins.
• Give each team a copy of the lyrics with blanks. Tell them to complete the gaps with the words they have collected. When they finish, play the song again and check if they have done it correctly.
Energisers are great activities and can save lives when you feel your students are not in the lesson anymore.
These quick games can be used to bring your students back to classroom. A little bit movement, mingle, laughter will break the ice, will help to get rid of the boredom. Maybe the focus is not directly on the language but still you can adapt these games according your students’ needs and levels.
Touch Something Pink
Tell students to stand up. Explain that you will give instructions and they will touch something in the classroom according to it. It can be an object, a coat, etc
What has changed?
Partners should observe each other carefully
Tell them to turn their back to each other and make 3 changes to his/her appearance. For example, they can remove a watch or change the wrist, roll up sleeves, etc.
When ready, they turn to each other and in turns they try to find the 3 changes.
Find your family
Prepare cards with categories, fruit names, family names or occupations.
Give each student a card
Tell everyone to walk around the class and find their group members
This one will work very well when you plan your groups in a group work. They usually moan when you say work with him or her but when you play a game and put them in a group like that they obey the rules.
A classic but fun!
Teacher divides the students into an equal number of fruits according to the class size.
Students sit in a circle.
Give each student a card with a fruit picture
One must stand in the centre.
Teacher shouts a fruit, such as ‘apple’
All apples must stand up and change places with another.
The student in the middle tries to sit before all the apples settle to their new seats.
The new person in the middle shouts another fruit.
Tide’s in / Tide’s out
Draw a line representing the seashore.
Ask students to stand behind the line.
When teacher shouts ‘Tide’s out!’, students jump forward over the line.
When teacher shouts ‘Tide’s in’, students jump backwards over the line.
If the teacher shouts ‘tide’s out’ twice in a row, students who move will drop of the game.
Being a working mother is not easy. Being a teacher and a mother is a real challenge. Sometimes my kids grumble to me about my job. They complain because I spend too much time working for other kids. They complain when they get lower marks from English and say I never do anything for them. However, I’m sure you all experience the same thing with your kids, sisters or little brothers that they never study with their mothers, fathers or elder sisters ( my younger sister used to do that )
Anyway I promised them we will do something for their English this summer. Maybe you had heard before that they also complain about my blogging, twitter, etc but they are also very curious about all these things. Finally, on Saturday we started with vokies. It was a miracle. My daughter was never willing to do anything for more than 10 minutes with me but she really liked creating characters and wrote about their lives. She created several vokies and emailed me. Instead of playing games, she spent a lot of time recording her voice and listening to it. My son is not as eager as she is but he also tries one or two. Then I decided we should have a blog for our summer work and then I created a new blog for three of us. I will write the posts and share the things they create. I hope we will manage to work till the end of this summer.
Do you have any suggestions for a helpless mother to engage her kids and teach english to them? I’ll be happy to hear them.
Well, well, I know ELT is a male dominant (or maybe used to be, considering all the female ELT stars on twitter and FB) sector around the world. However, it has always been more feminist in Turkey. ( maybe it has another reason to be discussed in another post yet I really loved the idea that our field has had wondeful female leaders)
Anyway, the reason of this post is completely different. Maybe you have already seen the conference announcement on FB or twitter but when I found out the conference I felt very excited because this will be a student-organised elt conference. The enthusiasm these young ladies (yep, yep the conference will be organised by 6 ELT students from 2 very good universities in Istanbul) shows made me feel very happy.
Now dear friends if you haven’t planned your 2012 conferences yet, why don’t you check the conference site and plan to come to Istanbul in April?