Thursday, May 19, 2005

Any ideas?

Also, I have a group of eight graders who want to play "American" games in the classroom. If anyone has good ideas, leave in the comments for me. And keep in mind that the level of English of the game should be mainly basic.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a two teams and classroom baseball? You could use nouns and verbs rather than multiplication drill, frex. Or if you want to raise the level, you could make the batters ask and answer questions.

I'll try to think of some other stuff I do with my class on the ESL level.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess tag would be right out?


- Hannah

11:06 AM  
Blogger David Moles said...

Pictionary? Only English guesses allowed.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

The vocabulary baseball is a good idea, Marsha, and so is pictionary, David. I would love to teach them Mafia, Alan, but we only have 45 minute classes and they take a long time to make decisions, as Japanese people are wont to do, and I'm afraid fifteen minutes would pass before they'd kill the first villager. Scrabble would be excellent, Lisa, if there weren't fifteen of them to keep interested at the same time. Though it may be possible to split them into three groups of five. I just have serious reservations. I played Jeopardy with them yesterday, three groups of five, and drew a category board on the chalkboard. They'd pick categories and loved saying "I want 'Sports' for three hundred dollars!" and then I'd say and answer and they'd have to formulate the question that would produce that answer. Most of them had fun but one group seemed to be made up of all the lower level learners and a few of them were getting restless because they weren't gathering piles of ficitonal money like their classmates were. So I'm trying to think of some other games to keep their interest. If I ever have a block of time with a group of fast learners, I'll definitely try Mafia though. I can just imagine them looking at each other suspiciously and saying, "Rikiya, are you mafia?"

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uno? seven up? spin the bottle?



9:53 AM  

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