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Teaching ESL Students Months of the Year: Games & Activities

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Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Research has shown that engaging students in games is a great way to activate deep learning. This lesson offers group and individual games and activities for ESL students to learn the months of the year.

ESL and the Learning Process

Imagine living in a place where everyone at school spoke a different language than you. Everything is new and different, and you don't understand much of what's said around you. This is what an English as a second language (ESL) student might feel like.

Learning a language that is not native can be very difficult. Making the learning process fun and exciting is necessary, especially when working with students who are disadvantaged by the language barrier between themselves and their teachers. While ESL students may have difficulty with language, they're still children, and children love to play. What better way is there to help them learn than to turn learning into a game?

The more active a child is during the learning process, the more he or she is able to deeply process the information being learned. So, active games are great to get students moving and engaged in new ideas. This lesson offers games to help ESL students learn the months of the year. The activities discussed are categorized by activity level and group size.

Group Activities

The following games we'll discuss can be played by the whole class; for games with teams, try to get at least three on a team. The games and activities are appropriate for students of any age who are learning the English names of the months of the year.

1. Find It

The first game to try is called Find It.

Materials

For this game's materials, you'll need laminated signs for the months of the year. Make as many sets as you have teams. This can also be a solo game, so make enough sets for each student if appropriate.

Preparation

For preparation, affix the signs to the walls of the classroom at a height that is easy for your students to read. For an easier game, group the months by name, such as putting all of the January signs together. For a more challenging game, randomly separate the months.

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