This past month has been such a super busy month working with many volunteers! Hopefully one day YOU will join us also! (check out our Wat Doi Saket project) We had volunteers from Australia, England, Canada, Germany, Lithuania and USA. They all taught at different locations, and they all wanted to know about games for the classroom. So, I am sharing a few that were super fun here with Thai students.
WHAT AM I?
This game is great for practicing Yes/No questions with the verb ‘to be’ in present simple.
Think of a category: fruits, places, countries, people….
- Pick one student to stand facing the classroom with his/her back to the board.
- Write a word from the chosen category, for example: banana.
- He is now a ‘banana’, but he does not know.
- The student standing in front of the class has to ask at least 10 questions to guess what he is.
- Questions have to be yes/no questions only. Am I big? Am I red? Am I gooey? etc.
- The class can only reply with YES or NO.
- The student gets 3 opportunities to guess what he is by asking: Am I a watermelon?
You can make variations to the game, like giving certain amount of minutes to make as many questions as possible or choosing from a vocabulary list that you have been working with in class. You can even make teams and keep score.
This game is super fun to play as a warm up to get the students to feel comfortable speaking in English. It is also a good way to practice asking the correct format for asking yes/no questions. (You can use simple present, past or future, if the class is a beginning level I suggest you keep it in simple present unless using the game to practice a particular tense)
- Pick one student to sit on a chair in front of the class.
- The class gets to ask any questions they want, but must be in a YES/NO format, funny questions: Such as: Do you like to eat potato chips with your feet? Do you pick your nose with a fork? Do you eat worms?
- The student in front of the class cannot say anything but BANANAS!
- The object of the game is to make the student laugh! If he laughs, then the student who made the question gets to go in front of the class and try to go as long as possible without laughing.
This game sounds simple but trust me when I say: students laugh much sooner than you would anticipate.
Here are a few shots of our volunteers using these fun games in the classroom. I hope you get to try them one day and share your experiences.
If you have any suggestions or questions about anything relating to ESL, leave me a message and I will happily respond!
Chok Dee Kah! (good luck in Thai)
Marcia Somellera, ESL coordinator