I love this book. It has saved me many times when I've been at a loss for keeping the kids entertained & learning at the same time. My book is full of page markers. I love getting them to work together, it's such an important skill to learn.
Best, Frances Theile, Nov 2015
I've been playing some of your games in my classes (4 to 6 year olds), and in my English Play Workshop (8 to 10 year olds) and they're great!!! They're really flexible and adaptable just like your children's plays book. Thanks for it all!
Loreto Ibieta, Chile, Oct 2015
It worked immediately!
I started the year without using your games. It was not really working and I was having a hard time catching the attention of all the students. After a month I finally decided to go through all your games and use them. The success was immediate. The kids love the games!!!
I have a lot of English-speaking students who help me as "assistants", but now they complain that they can't play the games as much as the other students :) So it's a big success, thank you very much for your work!
I tell my colleagues that my English classes are going well since I decided to use some proven methods and stopped trying to make mine up (even though I do adapt the games to the situations, the groups and the pedagogy).
Esther Evangéline Cannard, France, Oct 2015
Today my school is a thriving little children's school - this is in direct thanks to you and your books/learning philosophy.
I am a big fan of your books. I own a small English school in Turkey, which I initially set up to teach adult learners. However, there was a lot of pressure on me from the local community to accept children, which I was reluctant to do as I had no experience with young learners and frankly I was intimidated by the prospect. However, if my small school were to survive, I needed to discover other revenue sources, so I was obliged to turn my attention to the young learners. I set myself the task of researching this area, upon which I discovered your website and all the attending information. Since then I have bought your drama book, children and teenage games book, adult games book, as well as the 10 Illustrated Stories for children - which is in video format. Not to mention, having read your material, I have fully incorporated your teaching philosophy into my teaching style.
Your book it's great! The best thing is that every game is classified by it purpose such as: games to introduce new language, to practice...it's very helpful for me.
I used your two of the games. It was very energetic. It worked wonders in my class.
Before reading your book sometimes I got tired of saying stop talking. Sometimes my classes got out of control. I didn't know who to turn to. Your classroom management ideas worked very well.
The very first thing I did after I had downloaded your book to go through the tips for useful class management - and indeed they proved to be sort of life-saving. The good part is the kids love the English lessons, that is, the games and songs and activities, so I can afford to be strict while also being playful. I'm also happy about the forfeits-list. I use it in my school classes.
I recently got to teach two 7 year olds…. I usually teach adults.
After searching the internet for information, Shelley’s books were a lifesaver. Clear, concise and I even use ideas to make my adult classes more fun.
I have plenty of good ideas of my own (being CTEFLA qualified and I have been teaching kids for some years now) but Wow, I must tell you: I am really so impressed with all of your abundance of ideas and games and activities!
Your ideas for games just shine and sparkle with so many activities offering lots of natural repetition, in a way that does not look awkward or strange to the weaker students, but just seems natural and keeps them safe and happy! And in fact everyone in class will benefit from this approach of course!
They combine fun with so much repetition that weaker students can be the ones who get more listening practice as they can first listen to the stronger ones, e.g. in your relay game, where the same word is repeated over and over again. This way one can keep the weaker ones feeling safe in the group. This is extremely important for me, too, because I often have new students join an existing group and/or have to deal with mixed ability classes.
So Enjoying your book! My classes are having a ball as I am and it is a great timesaver.
Congrats on a great product.
I bought a whole load of your material some time ago and have been using it loads. I love it. More importantly so do my students. I teach all age groups in Italy and your material has given me new ideas and confidence. One 7 year old boy said, after his first English lesson, that he had been to an English Party".
I have purchased your 175 Activities for Teens and Adults Learning English, 176 English Games for Children and Fun Preschool Games and Stories.
I treasure these resources much, as I have learnt so much about teaching in, always, fun, new and exciting ways.
My students love my lessons and you supply enough games, tips and ideas for a lifetime of teaching.
"She isn't like the other teachers, she teaches us while playing. It's really fun and you can remember it better."
I have to confess my classes are the best since I have your great ideas. Children do not behave badly and shout as they used to. They speak English with a happy face and also shy children try to do so. I am veeery happy.
I just wanted to let you know how much help your games and lesson plans are. I've become the most popular and more importantly, the most successful English teacher and really have major fun with the children during our lessons.
Even the shyest children can't wait to join in and are SPEAKING SO MUCH - it's wonderful.
Although I only bought your book on Monday, and today is Wednesday, I want you to know how valuable I have found it to be.
I have used a couple of the games in school already and the children loved them. Equally importantly, they were learning and reviewing their English at the same time. Can I admit that I also enjoyed my lessons more?
I really am so glad I found your stuff...it has completely changed the way I feel about teaching now. Before it was something I had always stressed over....the planning, that is....although I am both Celta and PGCE qualified I still found myself very stressed until every lesson was planned...which could take for ever.
Since discovering your materials I sit down to enjoy the planning...and love the teaching. It uses the fun approach I believe in through the theatre work I have done, and you have given me the confidence to know it can be applied to language learning for this age group.
The kids love it and so do the parents!
Well done to Joyce Murray for plunging head first into the book on day one: I am sooo happy that I bought the primary english games because they included lesson plans. I couldn't figure out for the life of me how to just let the lesson flow from one game to the next . Now that I have an example I can't wait to go to class tomorrow and teach.
And the next day:
I only taught these children once before and it was a total flop that's why I was so desperate... Your lessons provided the best, best ever solution. The kids were very happy today. The class went along smoothy. We revised first, then proceeded to play.
It was great ! No, more than great !
I have had GREAT success with your program, and want to thank you for your attention to detail.
Thanks Shelley. Your resources are already saving me heaps of time and lessening the anxiety from having such a hectic and mixed teaching schedule. I'm teaching kindy, elementary and middle school.
I have been able to download all of the ebook and bonuses. I have already started using them. I appreciate your teaching philosophy.
It kills me to see kids bored with English. This curriculum is worth far more than you're asking. I know, I have been scavenging the net for ideas and lessons for the past 4 months! It's a relief to have such an archive of games and pictures.
I also want to thank you for your professionalism. The customer service you offer is personal, very refreshing in this age of recorded phone menu's and automatic notification emails.
I have looked at many, many books regarding activities and games. I have only found one that is any good. I love your book. It is excellent!
Your games are amazing!!! The other day the one girl showed up looking really really sick and I asked her if she was ok. She could barely stand up straight, so I asked her if she wanted to go home. She said she didnt go to any of her other classes today, but she came to school just to attend my class, because they are too fun to miss! Needless to say I was very touched!
Recently some of our classes got allocated different teachers. I accidentally went into one of my old classes, and everybody yelled "yay". Then I realised my mistake and the other teacher walked in and they all said "aaaahh". I was a bit embarassed for her sake, but really pleased otherwise! I really like how adaptable many of your games are for different language.
I can use the same game with different age levels and language structures, and they work equally well.
Six months ago, my four year old and my seven year old spent 20 minutes with Shelley using these techniques to learn colours; I was amazed to find that they still remember them all today!
After purchasing and using the English Language Games for Children games e-book, I see a big difference in my group of 6 year olds. We played our new games I truly saw a a change in their behaviour. They participated and were very excited, even the boys that I had problems with. Now at every lesson they ask: What new game are we going to play today?
Thanks and congratulations because I have found the materials most helpful, and also inspiring.
You know in my country, cause of the culture, teachers and learners often have a very long distance with each other. And I realised that English games using in my lecture make our relationship become closer and better, and I am very pleased for that.
I just wanted to tell you that i am having great success with the games! I am so glad I bought that ebook. I've been using the bonus book of large-class games, and they are so much fun!
Your games are such great fun and adaptable for all ages. The kids enjoy them immensely. They are the perfect fit for my students and my style of teaching.
Firstly I should say how fantastic I think the ebook and resources are, I use them for every lesson and the kids love it, when I arrive for the class they are clamouring to know what games they will be playing this time...
I bought your e-book with the flashcards and lesson plans as bonuses just a few days ago. I used several of your games in class on Friday and was delighted at how my students responded - they were interested, engaged and responsive for the whole hour. When I announced it was time to go home they all said how fast the class had gone, they even said they want to do 1.5 hours from now on!
Many thanks for these great ideas and excellent material - I'm looking forward to class as much as my students!
I finally succeeded in checking the material. They are amazing and interesting as well. They can really make a revolution in my lessons as I see the surprise on the teachers faces. I enjoy impressing them. Also the big confidence I have when I am using your games that even some other teachers adapt them in their classes.
Thanks a lot again Shelley, I appreciate your ideas. They are WONDERFUL!
I am finding your book fascinating. I have just completed my TEFL training course and started applying for jobs here in France and I am so glad I stumbled across your ebook!
I teach in China in a small city and my class sizes are 60 plus students. I teach 1st through 6th grade. I had been giving lollipops as rewards for them being quiet and responding. But this Monday I used your game of clapping and having them tell you the number and it worked wonderful, better in one class then the other but I didn't have to give out lollipops which was a big change and I wasn't always telling them to sit and be quiet. I look forward to using the other information and games.
My husband teaches at another school here and he used one of the games with his classes and again it was a success.
I don't know how to express my gratefulness for your kind. E-book for large class is really useful for my teaching. We often have about 50 students per class. Sometime it makes me confused to keep whole class in control. I found your games simple to understand, easy to perform and very useful for target language.
My daughter Aurore has learning difficulties and since coming to your classes she has gained in confidence and has improved in all subjects at school.
Thank you for writing this book. I have been teaching English in South Korea for one month now. I had been at a total loss for how to teach the young students. The school has textbooks that we fly through and are not very interesting. The students seem bored and always want to play Uno instead of study English. Everyday has been exhausting as I try to figure out a way to both educate and entertain the students.
Today I worked harder than most of my previous days, but I had fun and I was excited about the games we were playing, because I knew they were fun and educational. The kids liked them and I went home feeling like there is a chance I can thrive teaching and not just survive.
Thank you so much, you have given me more than hope, you have provided an answer to my big question: How do I teach?
Last time when I was playing one of your games I heard one my pupils say to another: This is the best teacher in our school. Before I used your games, my pupils didn't like my courses, but now, when I get into the classroom they greet me with a nice smile, and when we have break , they come to see me and talk to me with what I taught them.
Brilliant!!! It is amazing how many games you can use in just one lesson. I can't believe I am actually excited about starting with the new unit. To be honest I am extremely happy with these ideas. I haven't stopped recieving compliments on my teaching in the last week....
For my experiece, street children cannot sit down for 40 minutes and concentrate on the text books or on the blackboard or listening to the teacher, because their life on the street mostly is to roam here and there almost whole day.
But after trying your games we found that the children like them very much as they keep them fun and enjoying the whole 40 minutes and demanding to continue beyond the time set.
The children were enthusiastic and motivated to participate fully. After the session I asked them how they felt about the games. They said, "Really great."
Teachers form other classes also shared with me what had happen in their classes. They appreciate your games and said that you deserve congratulations.
Your customer service is excellent. I'm glad I made the purchase. It has been well worth it already, and I've only scratched the surface
First of all let me thank you for your games. I have tried some of them and I must say they worked very well. My students were really enthusiastic. I find them quite usefull in they since that there's no much time needed for preparation and the rules are easy for the students to understand and follow. Also, I have learnt a lot from your class management notes, you are a real expert on teaching.
What wonderful material you've got in your e-book! I've got a rich stock of flash cards too but you've got some incredibly charming ones there. And the games are simple and so effective. I started with prepositions and just did the very first one and the kids went crazy. But they didn't want me to keep a score because they didn't want to run the risk of losing!
Anyway, once again many thanks! Never had such a bargain before!
I need to tell you that your games make my classes come alive. Children can't wait to have another session of their English lesson. Some of them come by bike or walk for 1/2hour just because they can't afford to pay transportation. These village children are speaking English and even their parents couldn't believe that their children are capable of speaking an International language that they even can't understand. Their grades at school excel and even their attitude is improved because I always ask them to stick to the game rules. Thank you
Dear Shelley, Yes indeed I bought the book quite some time ago and it really did come to my rescue especially when I had to prepare really good lessons for the class inspections I had in order to pass an exam called "Second Degree".
The kids love the games, there's never a dull moment in my classes, so you see why I would have really hated losing the book.
As a supply teacher I've been sent to kindergartens, high schools and primary schools and taken on all age levels. It's a lot of fun but requires alot of improvising, as very often I find myself without any sort of a lesson plan to follow and no idea what level the students are at.
Your games and flashcards have been an enormous help. They are wonderful! The students that I have worked with before already know that if they are quiet and co-operative during the lesson, a game will follow.
Supply teaching is very unpredictable and your games and ideas make it so much fun!
I would like to say thank you very very much for all the superb materials you sent me!!!!! I put them into practice and what I can say is that they really really work!!!!!!!!!! I could see how these games move everbody. The smart children are very fond of them. But in the same time the slower students and even those with learning difficulties are so enthusiastic. Each time I enter the class they ask "Are we going to play that game..?"
The school worksheets and books are good but when I come up with your games ...they just learn the words and use English, they do it. Before, I noticed some of my students were really affraid to speak. Now they speak freely and this is an excellent result!!!!!!!!!.
There was a time when I was upset because some of my students were quiet but not really paying attention.Their thoughts were somewhere else. But now they just learn everything and don't struggle. Thank you very much for your time and effort to compose all these wonderful games and stories and all the resources.
A month ago I started teaching Elementary and literally wanted to give up and run out of the classes crying after the first 2 weeks!
Then I purchased your ESL games for Elementary and tried the lesson plan for the Alphabet- they loved it! Everyone participated during the whole class and it was a huge success, especially with my IMPOSSIBLE group of 10, 4th grade boys- they had so much fun! Thanks again for your excellent work.
I'd like to thank you again for your "Teaching english games". My elementary school students just love English class now.
I often get at least one student who comes to see me at the end of class just to say "J'adore l'anglais".
It's more fun for me now too. I'm so glad that I found your website!!
Dear Shelley, Let me tell you, Your book is amazing ! Your games are such great fun and adaptable for all ages!!!!! I teach kids between 5-8. They are the perfect fit for my students and my style of teaching, thank you very much ! I make learning FUN !
Thanks to your book I prepare my lesson plans really easily! I used to invent some game-lesson ideas but after I found your book it is easier to write down the lesson plan.
Children playing games does not realize they are studing something, they are just having fun and it really works!
I had been teaching English for adults for more than 12 years before I decided to suddenly change age groups...and go straight to kids aged 1-6. Huge change.
The games that I ordered back in May have helped me enormously and have made my life as a pre-school EFL teacher so much more fun and of course less stressful.
I've just tested out your ballon-game this week (throw up a ballon and shout a thematic word or phrase) - with great success, of course! And using a feather in front of your mouth for phonics exercises - loads of fun!
It's a really big help to open your books...Thanks and all the best!
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! I wish I had known about your teaching material years ago - it would have saved me hours and hours of searching and creating!
I am so happy that there are people like you out there offering quality at a good price plus the sincere desire to make their customers happy. It's people like you that make the world a brighter place - please hold on to your enthusiasm!
Your book English Language Games for Children has made my life so much easier.
I'm teaching very lively, rambunctious Czech children in and outside of Prague (gorgeous city!) ages 6 to 10, and your games have been a life saver. The kids are having so much fun!
Your games and skits really help a great deal, especially with children and I am becoming more relaxed and confident each day. And it's great to see students learning while enjoying themselves. I'm really grateful I came across your webpage! It happened the moment I finally decided that teaching is the thing i want to do...