NOTE: This ‘game’ has grown organically over the years as various teachers have made observations & contributions (I don’t claim sole authorship).
The Life Game is my favourite ‘getting to know you’ type activity because it:
- requires few resources
- is easy to set up
- is based on students’ real experiences
- is actually interesting
- is genuinely ‘bonding’ & establishes a nice class atmosphere
- gives me a good idea of the students’ speaking level/ability to communicate
- gives me a good idea of the students’ interests
- with adjustments can be made to work with any level post beginner.
- works well with one-to-one classes as well as larger groups.
- can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hours with pre & post activities.
I’ve recently been working with a non-native English speaking English teacher from Spain on a home stay English refresher course. She’s taught English to adults for many years in a language college but in September will be teaching High School students. Like most of us who’ve become comfortable with a certain age group, she’s feeling some trepidation. We had a lot of conversations about teaching teenagers.
British Novels Which Have Added To The English Language
No. 10 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This is the last in my series of British novels and it is by far the most recent. As this book (the first of seven) was only published in 1997, it would be surprising that it has already given a word to the language were it not such a hugely popular series.