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ESL Activities

Los estudiantes colocan su nombre, un verbo irregular y su palabra favorita el
ingls. Despus les paso el formato que he hecho para el bingo (promedio de 9
casillas). Llenamos las casillas con los nombres, luego jugamos el bingo.
Escoger un promedio de 15 verbos de accin, los escribes en papelitos y los
metes en una bolsa, las personas van saliendo, a realizar la mmica de los
verbos mientras los dems tratan de adivinar.
Snake word
En el tablero se escribe una palabra ramdomly y los estudiantes deben
continuar escribiendo la siguiente palabra con la letra con la que la anterior
Se escriben verbos en fichas dobladas, a cada una se le asigna un valor, se
divide el saln en grupos, deben escoger una de las fichas y decir el verbo en
past tense.
Se sacan algunos objetos, se reparten a los estudiantes y estos deben
describirlos para que los dems adivinen qu es.
Hot Seat
Similar al anterior, pero esta vez el estudiante sale al frente en una silla, atrs
el profesor coloca el nombre del objeto, los dems deben dar pistas, para que
el estudiante en la silla adivine qu es.
Stop with your name
Escojes los nombres de algunos estudiantes y empiezan a escribir palabras a
partir de las letras que conforman los nombres, ejemplo: Andrs, A:atractive, n:
Who am I?
In this game, the leader prepares cards with famous people's names on them.
The leader tapes one card on the back of each member. Then everyone

pretends they are at a party and asks each other questions to find out their
own identities. When someone guesses their own name correctly, the name-tag
gets taped to their front and they continue to chat with the party guests until
everyone is wearing the nametag on the front.
Broken Telephone
This is a listening and pronunciation activity that always gets people laughing.
The leader first must think of a sentence or phrase and whisper it to the person
beside her. That person will then whisper what she heard to the next person.
Each person can only say, "Can you please repeat that?" one time. When the
message reaches the end of the chain that person must speak out loud.
Oftentimes the message will be completely different when it reaches the end.
Try to find out where the chain broke! In a big group you can send the message
two ways and find out which team comes closest to the real message. (A
famous example is the army message that started as "Send reinforcements,
we're going to advance" and ended as "Send three and fourpence, we're going
to a dance.")
Whisper down the alley
Divide the students into equal teams and have each team form a line facing
the front of the room. Go to the student at the front of each line and whisper a
word or sentence. When the teacher says Go! the student at the front of each
row turns around and whispers the word/sentence to the next person in line.
Then that student passes the word on to the next student and so on. As soon
as the word/sentence reaches the last student in line, he/she races to the front
to repeat the word/sentence to the teacher. The first team to finish is the
Colors Mind Game

Aggresive Game
Pones los pasados en mini flashcards y las tiras todas en el piso y que compitan
por buscar el pasado de la que nombres

Un triqui comn, pero colocas verbos en las casillas, para obtener cada casilla
los estudiantes deben decir el pasado del verbo en el spot.

Boggle for an ESL Warm-Up

So maybe you've heard or seen the game "Boggle?" You can make your own
version for a quick game in class to use as a warm-up. Make a grid on the
board, maybe 6x6. Then fill in the squares with common letters. Then the
students make words, with at least 3 letters. Each word can only use each
letter once and the letters must be touching. You can go diagonal, up, down,

Board Race
Language point: Grammar/General lexical practice.
Students are doing a fairly boring grammar exercise, that is maybe a touch too
easy for some of the students or you got thrown into the class five minutes
before it starts. Use this to inject some excitement. Divide the class into 2 or 3
teams, draw lines across the board and say that the first team to complete the
exercise on the board wins. It's amazing how much more concentration they'll
use when they're in competition.
Get me in order
Language point: Comparatives
Get all the students to stand up and ask them to stand themselves in an order
this is great revision for comparatives. Example orders include:

Tallest to shortest
Order of Birthdays
Oldest to Youngest

First name or surname Alphabetically

Distance they live from class

Board Race
This is best played with 6 students or more - the more, the better. I've used it in
classes ranging from 7-25 years of age and it's worked well in all age groups.

Split the class into two teams and give each team a colored marker.
If you have a very large class, it may be better to split the students into teams
of 3 or 4.
Draw a line down the middle of the board and write a topic at the top.
The students must then write as many words as you require related to the topic
in the form of a relay race.
Each team wins one point for each correct word. Any words that are unreadable
or misspelled are not counted.
Pones 5 categoras divides el saln en 2 grupos hacen duelo de palabras. Like

One game worked well for my 12-14 year olds who were learning past tense (I
probably stole the idea from here or somewhere else anyway but I'll post it

-Split the class into two teams (A&B), and split the blackboard for both teams
-Give each student in the team A a number (1-30), and team B the same (130), so each student has a competitor (this might take up to 3 minutes)
- Call out a present tense verb and a number- when that students' number is
called, both must race to the front to write down the past tense verb
-Be prepared for a lot of action!

I found that even the least active students would bomb down to the front to the
blackboard and jump over desks to get there first- pity their answers didn't
always match their enthusiasm!