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Teaching games

Game design in ELT

Hi Everyone. I'd like to invite you to a free online talk on game design. Join me next Friday - 13th November at 3pm (UK time). Email mikeastburyteaching@gmail.com to register Everyone who joins will get practical tips on designing games... Continue Reading →

Making Excuses

Making excuses Here's a quick game to practise making requests and making excuses, as well as 'housework' vocabulary. In this post I'll show you how to play the game with your students in the classroom and online. I’ve used this... Continue Reading →

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 →

Present perfect practice

Here's a quick instructional video for a very adaptable classroom game: I've written about this game in a previous post, with an example using conditionals, so for a full written version of the instructions you can [click here] The game... 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 →

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 →

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