So, you find you have little time to prepare a quick warmer, short activity or English club game?
I have found myself in this situation more times than I’d care to recall.
5 minutes before class, you find your schedule has been re-shuffled and you have to attend a lesson at 5 minutes notice. Or, you are simply on the search for something short and high pace to get your students in the mood for English.
I have collected a few ideas which have helped me out of certain situations, which I’d like to share with you.
Here are a few to get started. I will add to them regularly, so please keep checking back if you need something new.
First on the list is a fun TPR team work game;
You can spend from ten to fifteen minutes on this game.
- A pile of scrap paper, which you can easily find in the recycling box in any print room.
- 5 black markers or thick felt pens for each group (the students always have some).
Now let’s play!
- Divide the class into teams of 5~6 studetns
- Give each team a pile of scrap paper and some pens
- Call out 1 word from the vocabulary list they are learning
- In their teams they have to spell that word writing 1 letter on 1 piece of paper.
- when they think they have the word written correctly, they must run to a space at the front of the class, stand in the correct order facing the other students, spelling out the word you gave them.
- The first team to shout “STOP” and who has the correct spelling wins points for their team.
After the first couple of rounds, the students really get into this game.
I have only played it with my English club students, who often ask to play this game if we haven’t played it for a while.
I find it’s a great team building activity, giving the students the responsibility to order themselves, making each round faster and more efficient.
Next up is another spelling team game.
- a black/white board
- A list of words you can use
- split your class into 2 teams
- Have them stand in two lines towards the back of the class.
- divide your board into 2 sections, for team one and for team two.
- give each team one piece of chalk/board pen.
- Call out a word from the vocabulary list they are learning from.
- One student at a time has to write one letter of the word in the correct order.
- When that student has finished his/her letter, he/she must run back to his/her team, hit the next student in lines hand then go to the back of the line, for the game to continue.
- Continue this process with various words quickly, giving points to the fastest team who spells the word correctly.
Below is another fast pace spelling game:
Letter by Letter
- A list of vocabulary your students are studying
- A classroom board
- 10~26 students works best
- split the students into 2~4 teams
- divide the board into 2~4 sections
- line the students in their teams
- Call out a word then shout, “GO!”
- One by one the students race to write letter by letter on the board
- issue points to the quickest team, who finish the word correctly
- Any team who spells the word incorrectly, must change the mistake.
- Keep the words on the board then move to the next word
- When the board is full, reverse the process.
- Call out a word on the board, then shout, “GO!”
- Students, one by one race to ERASE letter by letter OFF the board.
- Again giving points to the winning team.
- If you have a large class, use your JTE to take care of one side of the board and their points and you do the same on the opposite side.