ESL games are arguably the most efficient activities for ESL teachers to keep their ELLs, especially younger ones, constantly engaged. There’s a wide variety of ESL classroom games that create fun and exciting ways to learn a foreign language. You can also use these games as teaching aids for ELLs to teach kids English at home. In this article, we are going to take a look at these fun English games and give basic instructions on how to play them.
Table & Board ESL GamesBoard ELL games are awesome student engagement resources. You can play those games with your students at least once a week. Modern board games, such as Alias, Dixit, Scrabble or Mafia are the most exciting ones. Playing them in a foreign language guarantees 100 percent absorption and immersion in a new language. Besides, it’s a quick and fun way to learn new vocabulary. Some of the board games for students are also suitable for kids. For example, Alias has a Junior Alias edition, where the kids need to explain the pictures by using simpler words.
Pictionary is another board ESL classroom game that the kids love.Here’s how to play Pictionary:
- Divide the players into two or more teams, depending on the class size.
- Each team gets a category card, paper and a pencil. The category card explains the meanings of the category abbreviations that you see on the playing board and word cards, such as P for person, place or animal; O for object; A for action; D for difficult words; and AP for all play. For a more active game, it’s also possible to draw on a whiteboard with a marker.
- Place the ESL game board and deck of word cards in the center of the group. Place a playing piece on the starting square of the board to represent each team.
- Roll the diсe to determine the team that chooses the first card.
- Two people from each team are selected to look at the card for 5 seconds and then start drawing the picture based on the word from the card.
- They draw for 60 seconds while their team members try to guess what they are drawing.
- The winner is the first team that guesses the word.