Emma Stein teaches classes for English Language Partners Wellington and recommends games as a wonderful way to break the ice, boost students’ confidence and encourage authentic language production.
Because they are having fun, students become less self-conscious and more creative in their use of language. Games are one of the best ways to reproduce a natural, spontaneous speaking environment and can be adapted or tailored to almost any level.
‘Next Steps for Work and Life’ is a two-hour class held one evening a week for people who are working or too busy to attend daytime classes.
The class is designed to improve communication skills in a relaxed, inclusive setting. The class trialled a new game from our library called FITZIT and it was an instant success!
As you can see from the photo, the group had a lot of fun and used a lot of English. The loveliest thing was that they were no longer just students in a classroom learning English, but individuals having fun, being creative and drawing on personal reservoirs of knowledge while at the same time improving vocabulary and fluency.
It’s easy to play, and here’s the rules
- Each player randomly draws 15 cards.
- Each card has a word or phrase on it such as: ‘Comes in a variety of colours’ or ‘Edible’.
- After stacking their cards, each person takes the top 5 cards to start
- The aim is to get rid of all the word cards by making associations with cards already on the table.
- One person begins the game by placing a card on the table and on their turn, they look at the cards on the table and then try to name an object that fits the descriptions of as many cards as they hold.
- Cards are placed in a Scrabble-like formation and a connection has to be made with any card adjacent to the one(s) they put down.