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Adapting Games for Online Classes

In this post we're looking at ways to take games that we like using in class and adapt them for online classes. As a majority of my classes have been one-to-one, that's my primary focus, but I will mention ways to adapt these games for group classes too.

Prepositions of place game – ghost hunt

Summer School Games – Episode 1 This is a quick game for elementary and pre-intermediate younger learners. It’s an idea that originated from Miriam Austin, who I worked with at IH Newcastle. It’s a practical way for your students to... Continue Reading →

Micro Role Play 2 – challenging and creative

This speaking activity is designed for upper intermediate and advanced students. You can find a version for lower levels by clicking here This game is a fun and memorable way to practice grammatical structures, and in the example we’re looking... Continue Reading →

Micro role play – future conditionals and time expressions

This game is designed to help students practice vocabulary as well as grammar. The lesson below was made for upper-intermediate students, but the same strategy could be adapted for various levels and ages. This is a 'micro role play' where... Continue Reading →

The Prediction Game

The lesson plan below shows how you can adapt a textbook or exam based listening activity. The focus is on exploiting the students' own knowledge, and the language in the text, by spending more time examining the language before and... Continue Reading →

Picture prompts – ice breaker and more

This is a very simple activity, but its an excellent way to get to know new students and is highly adaptable for use with new language, revision and more. I first saw this idea in a training session by Dave... Continue Reading →

Chapter 1 – The Comparatives Game

I'm writing a resource book and I've just finished chapter 1, which you can download below. It's a 13 page booklet, including instructions, demonstrations and all the cards you need to print and cut out. Here's a preview of the... Continue Reading →

Hiking Adventure: role-play games in the classroom

This speaking activity was designed for an advanced level class, but it could be used with upper-intermediates with some pre-teaching of vocabulary and a some extra support. Preparation This game is played in groups of three or four. Each group... Continue Reading →

Adapting the alibi game – part 2

If you haven't heard of the alibi game you should read part 1 first by clicking here The 'alibi' game requires students to invent a story in pairs and then recall the details, while being interviewed by other students. It's... Continue Reading →

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