Ideas for English Lessons

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Subject: Creative writing

 

Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 10-12 players

Time: 20-25 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (5-10 minutes).

1. If possible, arrange the game participants in a circle or a sem-circle in front of the board. 

2. Explain to the students that each of them should find in their coursebook the first word, beginning with the letter in the same alphabetical order as they are sitting, i.e. Player A searches for the first word, beginning with the letter 'A', Player B does the same for the letter 'B' and so on. As they do it, you write the found words on the board.

2. When every word is on the board, explain to the game participants that each of them should write an article in their notebook, using all of the foundings. Allow a reasonable amount of time to the students for completing this task. While they are writing, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.

How to Play. When everyone has finished, bring the group to order. Afterwards, invite Player A to come to the borad, to stand up facing the other game participants and to read out their article. Then it is Player B, whose turn to come to the board and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the acticles have been read out. The winner of the game is the student, whose article is considered to be the best. If necessary, you can invite the game participants to vote.

Advice.

1. Since the task takes a long time to complete, it would be more feasible to set it for homework. In this case, the game itself should be carried out in the next lesson.

2. In order to orginize the assessment or/and vote, after Player A has read out their essay, you might give them an average mark, for example five points. Then you or/and other game participants assess the essay of Palyer B in comparison with that of Player A and so on.