English teaching resources: Games/ competitions

Games/ competitions
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English level: A1, A2

Objective: Practising listening and speaking by asking questions. Vocabulary practice.

Introduction

In general, it is important to maintain a high motivation level among students in foreign language classes, and specifically if students are beginners, children or adolescents.

Having fun-based activities, light-hearted competitions and games are some ways to keep the students´ attention.

Here are two games that are being used in English classes.

Activity 1: Song/game

If you have a beginner class or a class with children about body parts, you can use the song “Head, shoulders, knees and toes…”, both for reviewing the vocabulary and getting the students up from their seats.

You could organise it in the following way:


1. Write the lyrics on the board.

“Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
And eyes, and ears, and nose, and mouth,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.”


2. Demonstrate the song and the movements in front of the students (You sing and point to
the body parts).


3. Tell the students to get on their feet and sing along. Repeat the song several times.

Activity 2: Game/competition, “Mingle and match”.

  • This can be used at the beginning of a new course as an “ice-breaker”.
  • You give each student two small pieces of paper, and you tell them to write two things about themselves, e.g.” I love to try new and exotic food.”
  • Tell them not to show the others what they have written.
  • Then you collect the papers, mix them, and hand them out again to DIFFERENT students.
  • The students have to turn what says on the papers into questions, e.g.” Do you like to try new and exotic food?” They must walk around and ask the questions until they have found two matches. The first one to find them, is the winner.
  • Make sure they do not show the papers to each other, they can ONLY speak (ask) and listen.

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