About this book
Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes: Book 1 is a collection of games and activities for learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language. All the games and activities have been thoroughly tested in a range of teaching environments, including language schools, elementary schools, high schools and adult language centers. The playing time, number of players, language focus and level, plus any preparation needed are in an easy-to-read table at the start of each game.
All supplementary materials, such as quiz question sets, topic cards, instruction slips, class surveys and questionnaires, word lists for spelling and jumbled word games, are provided in printer-friendly formats.
Do I need this book?
If you believe there is a role for games and fun activities in your classes, and you need a handy collection that includes clear instructions for a wide range of games and activities, you need this book. And if you purchase the book now, and later decide you don't need it after all, let us know within 60 days and we'll refund your payment in full - no questions asked.
How is the book organised?
The book is organised into five main sections covering icebreakers, fillers, classic ESL games, quiz games and spelling games, plus a detailed introduction, selected extracts from books and articles on using games in the classroom, and a selection of recommended books for further reading.
The first section contains games that help learners in a new class get to know each other and feel relaxed with one another. Many involve information gaps or information exchanges from which they can learn about each other’s hobbies and pastimes, likes and dislikes, ambitions and goals for the future, and so on. The games help to create a fun, non-threatening atmosphere that encourages students to feel comfortable in, and develop a positive attitude towards, their new class.
As the name suggests, these games can be used whenever you find yourself unexpectedly faced with a few minutes to fill during a class. This could occur when waiting for latecomers to arrive, when a lesson has to be put on hold some reason, or when a lesson has been completed five or ten minutes before the end of a class. The games require no preparation, are easy to explain and organize, and are flexible enough in terms of duration to keep your students happily occupied for as long as necessary.
Classic ESL Games
The games in this section have been used in classrooms for so long that they’re often referred to as “classic ESL games”, and many teachers would consider their “box of tricks” incomplete without them. They include Hot Seat, Coffee Pot, Telephone (or Chinese Whispers), Word-O Bingo, and the most classic of them all, Twenty Questions.
Most of us enjoy having our knowledge tested in quiz games, and classroom quiz games are a big hit with learners. In this section you’ll find games in which general knowledge is tested, as well as games in which various aspects of English are tested, including a wide range of vocabulary and phrasal verbs.
Graded sets of quiz questions for all the games are provided.
Spelling quizzes and spelling bees have long been a part of life for native English-speaking students in schools throughout the English-speaking world, and they’re now becoming part of the TOEFL world as well. The games in this section include spelling quizzes for both teams and individuals, as well as a game based on the traditional spelling bee. Graded word lists are provided.
Can I see some sample pages?
If you'd like to see some pages from the book, you can download an Adobe PDF file which contains the Table of Contents, the Introduction, plus the first couple of games. To download this sample Adobe PDF file, click here.
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