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Teaching English Games Shelley Vernon
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Break away from the dull textbooks and try using my games and activities in your classroom. Teaching will become a pleasure and your students will learn much faster. One happy client, Sourieau Sheila of France, reports that she is "So enjoying your book! My classes are having a ball as I am and it is a great timesaver. Congrats on a great product!"
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In the game 'Don't Drop It', the class must keep a balloon up in the air, counting every time someone taps it. Pretend it is a water balloon that will explode if it touches the floor. For older children, have a rule where players cannot touch the balloon twice in a row. Use this idea to practise counting, saying the alphabet or saying any vocabulary, randomly or in themes. (From my book, '176 English Language Games for Children').
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Games are the easiest way to address different learning styles in the classroom. By putting students at ease and stimulating their senses, you create a wealth of learning opportunities. It will cut down on boredom, as games increase student interest, and will give students the chance to integrate different learning styles into their own style. Students will be doing more than just expanding their English when they play games - they will be expanding their minds. Follow the link to my website to read more about learning styles: http://bit.ly/2oVHiOa
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Most kids don't like homework! But there are ways to help motivate them, for example by keeping homework short and quite easy, by varying the type of homework you give and by ensuring it is relevant. Read my blog for more homework tips: http://bit.ly/2ySyZV1
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#TopTip - If you find your adult students are chatting to each other instead of listening, then stop talking altogether and wait in silence. They will soon notice and stop talking without you having to say anything. If some students do not apply themselves, then really this is up to them – they are old enough to decide whether they want to waste their time. The most important thing is that they do not distract those who do want to learn.
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Whatever kind of teacher you strive to be, by using my games and activities you'll ensure your students learn more and have more fun whilst doing so! MartaTurel from Turkey found that her "classes are more fun, I'm gaining more confidence as a teacher and my pupils love the games and are learning very fast!!! It's all been really great!"
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'Ponies and Riders' is a good listening game to play with preschoolers. The children pretend to be ponies and canter around the room. Tell them to walk, trot, canter or stop (galloping probably not advisable!). You may give them other commands such as lie down, go to sleep in your stable or have a drink from your bucket. If ponies are not your thing then your pupils could be riding wild buffalo, off-road motorbikes or whatever fires your (and their!) imagination.
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Research demonstrates that play and games develop children’s attention span and listening skills, stimulate their imagination and understanding of the world, and develop language ability and appreciation of literature. My website will give you ideas and strategies to bring play, fun and learning to your classroom: http://bit.ly/2iRSI1U
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You might be wondering how on earth you will get on in your classroom, in the heart of a remote country, without a word of the native language to your name. Teachers regularly ask me this question. When is it appropriate to speak to our pupils in their common tongue? And what do we do if we don't speak the native language? The good news is that it's absolutely possible to do this. Follow the link to read my blog on the subject: http://bit.ly/2fKjydT
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#TopTip - You don't need lots of expensive equipment to play my games. Use resources that you have to hand, such as props in the classroom, clothing, body parts and furniture around you. Have children make picture and word flashcards for you if you do not have any.
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