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Ch 5: Games & Exercises for ESL Students

About This Chapter

This chapter was assembled to introduce teachers of English language learners to a few different games and activities they can incorporate in their classroom to help their students learn English vocabulary, grammar, listening comprehension and writing.

Games & Exercises for ESL Students - Chapter Summary

Follow along with these lessons to discover different games and activities you could incorporate into your classroom to help English as a second language (ESL) students develop and improve their English skills. The lessons of this chapter will cover different games and activities used to help ESL students improve their:

  • English vocabulary
  • Grammar skills
  • Listening comprehension
  • Writing skills

How It Helps

  • Improves student engagement: Using the activities and games of this chapter will help you increase your ESL students' involvement in their education.
  • Increases students' vocabulary: Some of these activities specifically target ESL students' English vocabulary, providing them with a fun and exciting way to learn.
  • Enhances students' communication skills: By implementing these lessons you will be able to reduce the language barriers between your ESL students and other English speakers by improving their listening comprehension and writing skills.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Implement fun leaning activities for ESL students
  • Help ESL students increase their English vocabulary and listening skills
  • Provide ESL students with engaging ways to practice writing

42 Lessons in Chapter 5: Games & Exercises for ESL Students
Games to Learn English

1. Games to Learn English

Learning English as a second language can be difficult, especially for older students. Make the learning process easier and more engaging by trying a few of these games in your classroom.

Total Physical Response Activities & Games

2. Total Physical Response Activities & Games

In this lesson, we will discuss some classroom games and activities to augment English language instruction through the Total Physical Response method. These activities are appropriate for ESL students of different ages and linguistic levels.

ESL Vocabulary Games

3. ESL Vocabulary Games

Students for whom English is a second language face a multitude of challenges, among them learning new language and nuanced vocabulary. Use this lesson to help choose fun, engaging and educational vocabulary games for your ESL students.

ESL Spelling Words & Games

4. ESL Spelling Words & Games

Explaining the conventions of English spelling to ESL students can be a challenge. Even non-ESL learners can have difficulty with spelling, particularly when the majority of writing these days is done on computers equipped with spellcheck. However, there are methods beyond memorization that can be used to teach English spelling accurately and effectively.

ESL Storytelling Activities

5. ESL Storytelling Activities

In this lesson, you will learn some interesting activities that can be used for teaching ESL students how to tell stories. The activities also help with other areas of speaking. These activities can be used with any age group.

ESL Icebreaker Activities

6. ESL Icebreaker Activities

This lesson will review specific goals and strategies of warmers and ice-breakers in the classroom. This will help you decide how to integrate both into your content and how to provide scaffolding for various proficiencies.

ESL Group Activities

7. ESL Group Activities

An important part of learning English as a second language (ESL) is practicing English. Group activities allow ESL students to develop their language skills by interacting with, and learning from, other ESL students. Read on for some sample activities.

ESL Games & Activities for Beginners

8. ESL Games & Activities for Beginners

Games and activities are an excellent way to introduce and build connections to information for students learning English as a second language (ESL). The following lesson provides examples of ways to introduce content and vocabulary to ESL students.

ESL Games for Learning Body Parts

9. ESL Games for Learning Body Parts

This lesson provides games that can be used to teach vocabulary (specifically parts of the body) to English as a second language, or ESL, students. The games can be adjusted to fit individual student needs, classroom size, and academic level.

ESL Memory Games

10. ESL Memory Games

Memory games can be a useful and entertaining tool in the classroom. This lesson provides teachers with classroom games to teach vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. These games can be used with students of varying English abilities.

ESL Phonics Games

11. ESL Phonics Games

The basic building block of speaking is the ability to make connections between letters and their sounds. The following phonics activities can be modified to use with any level and will help build student confidence and motivation.

Tongue Twisters for ESL Students

12. Tongue Twisters for ESL Students

Practice with pronunciation is a key component in the ESL classroom. This lesson will provide tongue twisters that will not only help ESL students improve their English pronunciation, but also assist with language development.

ESL Alphabet Games & Activities

13. ESL Alphabet Games & Activities

It is important for ESL students to have repetition and lots of practice when learning the alphabet. In this lesson, we will give examples of quick, fun, alphabet activities for ESL students.

ESL Daily Routines: Activities & Games

14. ESL Daily Routines: Activities & Games

When teaching ESL, there are a few different daily routines that help the teacher's effectiveness. Examine an overview of having students learn about daily routines, then look at an explanation of some common ESL activities and games.

ESL Giving Advice Activities

15. ESL Giving Advice Activities

This lesson includes a practical situation about the importance of giving advice when someone needs it. The activities to practice giving advice include some texts ready for use in class.

ESL Cause & Effect: Games & Activities

16. ESL Cause & Effect: Games & Activities

Learning about cause and effect can be particularly challenging in English. This lesson provides teachers with cause and effect activities for use in an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom.

Outdoor ESL Activities

17. Outdoor ESL Activities

Outdoor activities seem to be a rare occurrence in most schools, but these excursions can have great benefits for students. This lesson provides ideas and tips for teachers who want to engage their ESL learners outside of the classroom walls.

Kindergarten ESL Activities

18. Kindergarten ESL Activities

Teaching young children can be a joy, and a challenge. This lesson gives teachers fun, engaging classroom activities for use with English as a Second Language (ESL) kindergarten students.

Upper Elementary ESL Activities

19. Upper Elementary ESL Activities

In this lesson, teachers will learn some effective strategies for teaching upper elementary English as a second language (ESL) learners. This lesson will cover grades 3-5.

Lower Elementary ESL Activities

20. Lower Elementary ESL Activities

In this lesson, teachers will learn some effective strategies for teaching lower-elementary English as a second language (ESL) learners. This lesson will focus on pre-K through grade 2.

Middle School ESL Activities

21. Middle School ESL Activities

In this lesson, teachers will learn some effective strategies for teaching middle school English as a second language (ESL) learners. These strategies will help build vocabulary, verbal, and reading fluency skills in the content classes of English, science, social studies, and math.

ESL Classroom Games for Middle School

22. ESL Classroom Games for Middle School

In this lesson, teachers will learn strategies for incorporating games into their middle school classroom to support English Language Learner students.

Board Games for English Language Learners

23. Board Games for English Language Learners

In this lesson, teachers will learn about using board games in the classroom to teach language skills to English Language Learner (ELL) students. This lesson will include a list of some board games that can help ELL students develop English-speaking skills.

ESL Charades Word List & Activity

24. ESL Charades Word List & Activity

In this lesson, teachers will learn about using the game of charades with English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom. A list of sample topics, words, and phrases will be included.

English Riddles & Puzzles for ESL Students

25. English Riddles & Puzzles for ESL Students

Games can make English lessons more fun and engaging for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Explore some quick activities for ESL students that can enhance students' creativity, including puzzles and riddles.

Brain Teasers & Logic Problems for ESL Students

26. Brain Teasers & Logic Problems for ESL Students

Doing brain teasers and logic problems can be a great way to get ESL students involved in abstract thinking and language! This lesson offers some examples to get you started.

ESL Classroom Games for Elementary Students

27. ESL Classroom Games for Elementary Students

When it comes to teaching, games are a great way to promote student engagement and learning. This lesson will go over some fun games to help energize your ESL students and improve their English language abilities.

Picture Description Activities for ESL Students

28. Picture Description Activities for ESL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about using picture description activities for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. The lesson will include strategies for implementing these activities into instruction.

ESL Expressing Opinion Games

29. ESL Expressing Opinion Games

Expressing an opinion can be difficult enough in your native language, so imagine trying to express an opinion in a second language. This lesson provides teachers with expressing opinion games specifically designed for English as a second language (ESL) students of varying ages and abilities.

ESL Retelling Activities & Games

30. ESL Retelling Activities & Games

Putting something in one's own words is a great skill for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners to develop. This lesson provides teachers with retelling activities and games for ESL students of varying ages and abilities.

ESL Synonyms & Antonyms Games & Activities

31. ESL Synonyms & Antonyms Games & Activities

Synonyms and antonyms are a great source for fun games for your ESL students. This lesson provides you with a few game and activity ideas that aim at aiding your students in learning to use synonyms and antonyms.

ESL Thesaurus Activities

32. ESL Thesaurus Activities

A thesaurus is a treasure your ESL students can use to learn new words. With the thesaurus activities in this lesson, your ESL class will expand their vocabulary and, thus, their knowledge of English language.

ESL Murder Mystery Lesson Plan

33. ESL Murder Mystery Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, English language learners explore vocabulary related to murder mysteries and relate the terminology to passages from age-appropriate murder mystery stories. They will then utilize the vocabulary to play the board game 'Clue.'

Body Language Activities for ESL Students

34. Body Language Activities for ESL Students

This lesson provides teachers with body language activities specifically designed for English as a second language (ESL) students of varying ages and abilities.

ESL Alphabet Games for Adults

35. ESL Alphabet Games for Adults

Adult ESL students will encounter many situations in which they need to able to manage the alphabet. This lesson provides games to practice with the alphabet in contexts, some which relate to daily life.

Days of the Week Activities for ESL Students

36. Days of the Week Activities for ESL Students

Knowing the days of the week in English is a basic and important skill for English as a second language (ESL) learners. This lesson provides teachers with days of the week activities for use in an ESL environment.

Hands-On Activities for ELL Students

37. Hands-On Activities for ELL Students

Activities that get your ELL students doing things put language into context and simulate real-life experience. This lesson gives you a few hands-on activities to get your students active while learning.

ESL Summer Sports Lesson Plan

38. ESL Summer Sports Lesson Plan

Increase your ESL (English as a second language) students' understanding of summer sports and related vocabulary with this lesson plan. Students will do activities and play games to strengthen concepts.

ESL Stock Market Games

39. ESL Stock Market Games

Learning about the stock market can be challenging, but even a basic understanding can help students. This lesson provides stock market-based games specifically designed for use with English as a Second Language (ESL) learners.

English Speaking Lesson Plan

40. English Speaking Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students how to polish up and improve their English speaking skills. A text lesson outlines several strategies which students they put into practice with hands-on activities.

Sight Word Bingo Lesson Plan

41. Sight Word Bingo Lesson Plan

This lesson plan supports ESL teachers as they plan sight word instruction for their students. Students will review sight words and play sight word bingo.

ESL Interrupting Activities

42. ESL Interrupting Activities

Interruptions can be rude, but it is often tempting to interrupt when you have something to say. Teach your ESL students to gain attention appropriately using observation, discussion, and role-play activities.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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