03:20 am - Tuesday 09 February 2016

Anyone have any creative ideas for an ESL “activity” class???

By admin - Sun Apr 29, 9:40 am

Question by whale shark: Anyone have any creative ideas for an ESL “activity” class???
At my school we teach an “activity class” or english corner where we have to play games or do activities with adult learners of all levels, mostly beginners (which makes it more difficult).

I’ve been to all the ESL websites and used those ideas, but we do this twice a day and we’re running a bit thin. Any suggestions?

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Answer by Ryan Zeron
Immitating rock bands wont hurt

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    can you do like a scavenger hunt with real easy thinks and have them find it then tell you each group having a different list

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    Taboo using words for their vocabulary range.

    If the word is “lion” there are five words they can’t say to describe it to their teammate, like “mane,” “king,” “jungle,” “big,” “cat.”

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    try board games like scrabble or pictionary

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    Definitely something that focuses on prepositions. What about a game in which a person places an object in various places and they have to say, “The ball is ON the desk. The paper is IN the wastebasket,” etc.

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    1. Anything that has to do with making and eating food.
    2. Make a personal dictionary with pictures cut from magazines, advertisements instructions etc.
    3. Any word or board games, especially bingo, concentration, charades, pictionary, password etc. Also active games that include following directions such as twister.
    4. Following directions is a big item to stress. Make a simple worksheet with various items they are learning such as cat, circle, table etc. Then give directions such as put a black circle around the cat. Put a green triangle under the table and so on. This can be changed with new vocbualry. Also, if you have room, set up a simple obstacle course and have people guide a blindfolded person through the maze using only their words.
    4.You can have one person look at a picture and describe it to the rest of the class or a partner . The class can ask questions about the picture. They can compare the final products with the original.
    The first website talks about visualizing verbalizing development, getting pictures connected to words.
    5. Book tapes ( well, CDs now) are a great way to model vocabulary and sentence expression.
    6. Anything to do with music, especially kids songs since their kids may be learning them in school and the tunes are used with a lot of different words.
    7.Leapfrog makes lots of games and products for learning.
    8. Super Fuper folks have lots of games, especially card games to help learn vocabulary. The cards come in nice metal tins, so they don’t get lost or wet. I especially like the ones for verbs which can then be used in pantomimes. or the one that changes a verb into a noun ( an actor acts etc.) They have something for idioms as well. Often they have free shipping and reasonable prices.
    9. Show cartoons or short videos ( DVDs). Have them raise their hand every time they recognize a word.
    10. Writing corner. Have materials and models of thank you notes, job applications, Valentine cards, sympathy cars etc. They can make their own with a short message written in English. Also they can have pen pals or exchane notes with each other. Write in a notebook to prompts at first ( write as many colors as you can, names, foods, animals etc.) then short lists( what makes you mad, happy, favorite foods,scared, things I wonder about etc.) and eventually move to sentences and paragraphs.
    11. Scavenger hunt or treasure hunt with clues.
    12. Make things, anythings, quilting, crafts etc. Anything that requires people to talk, learn new words, and follow directions.
    13. Finally, make a list of the most often used words and focus on say the first 25, then 50, then 100 etc. These are the glue words, not necessarily fancy words such as is, of, the , was, me, I…all the little words which hold our sentences together. Actually I found some good basic lists at an ELL site. This is the only one that I will add to the list. Hope this gives you something to get started.
    Have fun!

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