Looking for some fun English games to play with your ESL students? We have put together a list of some of our favourite low-prep ideas that can be played using our collection of free ESL eBooks of or any other reading resources you may have.
1. Divide the class into two teams.
2. Draw a TIC-TAC-TOE board on the whiteboard.
3. Ask one student from each team to come up to the whiteboard.
4. Read a sentence from a selected ESL eBook, leaving a word out. For example:
5. The first student to correctly write the answer on the whiteboard wins an X or an O for the team.
1. Divide the students into four teams.
2. Draw four ladders, with five rungs each on the whiteboard.
3. Ask the class a question based on the ESL eBook read. For example:
4. Each team must send a representative to the whiteboard to write the correct answer. If a team is correct, their answer stays on the whiteboard and they move up a rung. If a team is incorrect, their answer gets erased from the whiteboard.
5. The first team to move to the top of their ladder wins.
1. Prepare a blank BINGO template for each student.
2. Make a list of vocabulary words from the selected ESL eBook.
3. Ask the students to choose words from the list, and to illustrate them on their BINGO template. The students are not allowed to write words on their BINGO sheets.
4. Call out words from the list in English. A student must understand the word in order to cross off a square. You determine the pattern that wins the game, for example any horizontal line.
5. In order to win, the student who calls ‘BINGO’ must tell you what all the vocabulary words that they crossed off are in English.
*Variation for advanced students or review before an exam: Have the students spell out one or all of the words.*
Do you have any other game favourites you would like to share?
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Classroom wall space is used in so many ways – for some, a wall space’s purpose is to display student work and to show anyone walking in what their students have been learning about, from projects to artwork, etc. For others who are on a mission to have the most ‘Pinterest-worthy’ classroom, wall displays are created for the “wow” factor and to impress. And for yet others wall space is simply a dreaded space one needs to fill, another element in the long list of items teachers are required to do – and so a few posters are hung up that relate to units being taught or that have inspirational quotes for students to look at and be motivated to try their best.
But what if, as educators, we could do better? What if wall space actually became part of the learning environment – an interactive area where students can extend their learning? Imagine walking into a classroom where every wall serves a clear educational purpose – what would that look like? Perhaps a wall space’s purpose could be to extend learning on topics covered in class by encouraging students to read one another’s projects and comment and/or ask questions about them. Perhaps there could be a question and answer wall where students would be free to ask questions about units being covered and anyone could answer. What if walls were used for brainstorming sessions, if learners could help each other solve math problems using the space, if articles were hanging up that students were free to read and comment on, or if students could make connections to their foreign language classes and write translations on a wall … imagine how that would impact a students’ learning journey!
Walls shouldn’t be seen as spaces to fill, but rather as a means to extend and fuel what is already taking place in your classroom. Have a look at your teaching space – what changes can you make to turn your wall decorations into engaging and meaningful learning opportunities? Extending beyond your classroom walls, what changes could you make to displays in your school’s hallways? We’d love to hear any inspirational ideas you may have!
Every school district has its own vision, which includes its mission statement, values, etc. that should funnel through and be present in each of its schools. Although the information is shared with schools, the questions become: How can schools incorporate the district’s vision with their own? How can the links be made so that all schools in a district are moving in a cohesive direction? A possible solution lies within The School District Framework below, which is a general design depicting how connections could be made.
In the above framework, each individual school framework has a direct link to the overall school district’s vision, and elements of the vision must be incorporated into their own, similar to the “Tinkertoy” model that was presented in a previous article. As with any educational framework, individualized planners would be designed for staff to implement the district/school’s vision in their classrooms, which will directly impact the students. The reciprocal arrows represent the sharing of ideas and learnings that relate to the vision and that will fuel discussion at the school district level on how schools (staff and students) are working towards driving it forward. Because there is continuous sharing, the vision can continue to evolve, and the planners that accompany each school framework can continuously shift to accommodate new ideas or revisions of old ones.
And what would the benefits be of implementing such a system? A whole district moving in a common direction, open communication as each school would bring forth new ideas to feed an overarching shared vision, and collaboration between schools.
To gain a better understanding of what an individual school framework looks like and what individualized planners are, please see the following articles:
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The Flipped Classroom Framework
The Shared Leadership Framework
The Innovator’s Mindset Framework
The Language Framework
The Transitional Framework
The Early Years Framework
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