Playing games is fun. Games are not just entertaining, but they also allow the mind and the body to feel fresh and energised. Teaching English is no doubt a challenge for the teacher, not to mention the student, but it doesn’t mean a language program cannot be fun. For a student to learn the basics of the English language they must be able to be a part of the excitement. What can be a better way for the student to be motivated and entertained than having to learn English through games?
With the help of ESL games, English will never appear to be a foreign language. As mentioned earlier, games can be quite fulfilling and if mixed with learning, games cannot only motivate students to reflect on their best, but they can learn more efficiently. ESL (English as a Second Language) and games related to ESL are many. A lot of them are very easy to play. To know more about them, here are the top 10 ESL games for the enthusiastic English language learner.
Top 10 ESL games for teachers to teach English to foreign students:
An introduction is always necessary when starting a class. A great way to make the introduction fun is by playing a game. The game should focus on the ESL students and their memorisation. For instance, the teacher introduces himself/herself and uses certain words of English as adjectives. Once done, the students are given points for guessing the certain characteristics of the teacher.
2. Their Introduction:
To make the game interesting, let the students introduce themselves. Every student will have to pay attention to the student who’s introducing, and later they’ll have to write a few words about the student. This kind of game can do well for a large class.
3. Write a word:
In order to connect with the students, as well as, letting students connect with each other, there should be a game enabling students to express. Each student will be shown a different picture and they’ll have to write an English word in 5 seconds.
4. One Picture Many Words:
Contrary to Write A Word game, this game will test the collective vocabulary of all the students. The ESL teachers must not make the students feel being tested, and ESL students do not have to feel like they are being tested. In this game, a single photograph will be shown to everyone. The student has to come up with a word and say it out loud in front of everyone.
5. Count The Students:
Sound easy? It is. The game is all about building the student’s grip on numbers. A student from each team has to count the number of students present in his/her team, as well as in others. That way the student quickly learns to pronounce the numbers in English. The students must be added or removed from each time to make the player use more numbers.
In this great game they students will learn to speak by improving their language proficiency. Students from one team will describe an object or photo and the students from the other team will be blinded and will have to guess what is being described.
As the word implies, this fun game allows the student to exercise on antonyms. A student will utter a sentence and the rest of the class will have to reshape the sentence by writing every single in the opposite manner. For instance, if the student says “Today is raining.”, the class will have to say something like “Today is not raining”, “Yesterday was raining.”, “Today is sunny”. etc.
8. Ask The Direction:
This game will require the ESL teachers and the English language learners to interact with a map. The teacher will guide the students on how to tell directions. Once done, the student will practice by trying to go to places and will have to rely on their classmates for directions.
This could prove to be a great game if the students are foodies. The teacher has to come up with a dish and will display the recipe. Each student will be asked to look at the recipe just once and share how they would make the dish.
10. Describe People:
In this game, all the students have to do is describe people but with adjectives only. The teacher will ask about the people students interact on a daily basis and the student will have to use only adjectives.
A tip for the English language learners, that ought to be provided by their ESL teachers is to have fun. The teacher has to ensure that the students are having fun. They don’t have to feel the burden of studying or educating. The job of the teacher is to make sure that the students are confident enough to speak to any native speaker without any hesitation. Language proficiency is not difficult but it does take time to procure. It’s not going to be done in a matter of days, which is why it is essential for the teacher to make the ESL games as much interactive as possible.
Most importantly, it is the job of the teacher to keep the student motivated. All the games that have been mentioned earlier are all about practising the language. They are not so much about being bound to a classroom but it’s more about actually learning to speak in a more practical way. Through ESL games, students are not only learning English in a proficient way but are also being trained to speak English in a practical way.