A super easy speaking game for all levels

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01 Apr Shelley Vernon No Comments

Here is a fun classroom idea which will work for any class size, any level and any age above 6, including adults.

It's easy, fun and needs no preparation time.


1. Relay Race Variation


Have the class sit in rows of 4, each 4 making a team. Hand a card to the first student in the first row. He or she has to say something about the card or make a question.


Then the student hands the card to the next student, who makes up a different question or comment. The key here is that the student says something different. Anyone repeating something that has already been said loses a point for the team. The last student brings the card to the front.


Give some examples to help pupils get started. For example, using a flashcard for Japan students come up with comments like:


1. I live in Japan. 2. I come from Tokyo, Japan. 3. I like Japanese food. 4. I can speak Japanese.


The student holding the card is the only one allowed to speak. Other students must listen carefully, so they don't use the same sentence or question.


It helps to use a stopwatch, and see which team can finish fastest. Speed, however, is not the most important thing. They must use correct English!!


2. Language ideas to use with this game


This game lends itself to any language. You can either ask your students to stick to a specific sentence type or target structure, or you can give the more advanced students a free hand, as described above.


3. Materials to use with this game


Ask each student to write a word in a given theme on a piece of paper. Have all the papers passed to the first student in the row and play until all the words have been passed down the end of the line.


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Hear from Jovita McCleod, teaching in South Korea, giving fun lessons with my games:


"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. Every day 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.


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I hope you enjoy using this game with your pupils soon.


Kind regards

Shelley Ann Vernon

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