Published 2nd August 2018

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Teaching English as a foreign language needn’t always be serious. Sometimes it’s nice to learn while having fun. You can play games to warm up a class, end it on a high note or to revise vocabulary your student’s have been learning.

Six fun and educational games for teaching English as a foreign language

Hangman

Hangman is a good way to revise vocabulary when you’re teaching English as a foreign language. You can choose adjectives or verbs from the coursebook. If you have intermediate or advanced learners, you can use idiom phrases.

Simon Says

Young students love this game. It’s the ideal way to teach them body parts. You can get them to be Simon, so they have to think for themselves. Older children in a class you can move around in can play touching classroom objects rather than body parts. Sometimes teaching English as a foreign language can be hard work and a fun few minutes can really make the difference.

Bingo

A fun way to learn irregular verbs. You can give your students bingo cards with the present tense of irregular verbs. You then call out the past tense of the verb and they must find and cross out the present tense. Very young learners can play traditional bingo with numbers or animals.

Word search

You make up word searches online and print them out as work sheets. You can make up vocabulary from their workbooks or from projects they are doing in class. You’ll hear them quietly repeating the word they are looking for which is a great way of improving pronunciation and spelling.

Pictionary

Split the class into two teams. Get them to remove one word from your bag of words. They must then draw the word on the board. The first team to shout out the correct word wins the point. It’s a game that’s a lot of fun and should definitely be included in teaching English as foreign language.

Miming

If you need the class to revise verbs in a fun way, then get them to do some miming. Fill a bag with the verb actions you want the class to revise and then split the class into two teams. A team member from each team then takes the verb action out of the bag and begins to mime. The team that gets the answer right wins the point.

Using games:

  • Breaks the ice
  • Gives your students confidence
  • Makes learning fun
  • Gives you a chance to do something different in class

We hope that this blog inspires EFL teachers to introduce these fun and educational games into your teaching English as a foreign language classrooms.