Ideas for English Lessons

Desert Island

Subject: Spelling + Alphabet

 

This game is designed specially for helping you and your new students to get to know and faster memorize their names in the first lesson.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 9-11 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players

 

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: (5-7 minutes):

1. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting or standing in a circle or a semi-circle.

2. Fitst of all, tell the children to imagine that you are the capitain of a ship, recruiting a crew for going to a desert island. Next, ask who wishes to go with you. When you see, that everyone does, explain, that you choose the crew memebers, depending on the thing, which a candidate is going to take with them.  

How to Play. Your first 'interview' might look something like this:

You: What's your name?

Player А: Misha.

You: How do you spell that, please?

Player А: M - I - S - H - A.

You write on the board: Misha

You: Well, Misha, what are you going to take with you?

Player А: I'm going to take a tent.

You: Sorry, Misha, you don't match me.

Your second 'interview' migh look something like this:

You: What's your name?

Player В: Masha.

You: How do you spell that, please?

Player В: M - A - S - H - A.

You write on the board: Masha

You: So, Masha, what are you going to take with you?

Player В: I'm going to take a map.

You: Congratulations, Masha! You are in the team.

Why have you accepted Masha, but declined Misha? Because Masha said a word, beginning with the same letter as her name. But you should not say this to the players! They should guess it themselves by sorting out a lot of different words. The second and following rounds go without introduction. The game continues around the circle as long as all the players are 'on the shipboard'!