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toumasu
January 30th, 2015, 15:05
This is the kind of the situation I have found myself in. It's quite fun to be able to teach/play whatever game I want with the students. I have been able to keep coming up with engaging material, but I'm always looking to improve as well. I don't think my JTE cares much about what I do, and it doesn't have to be textbook-related. I get the impression she lets this be the "fun time" where the kids can kind of take a break from all the soul-crushing textbook stuff.

So any good ideas for fun activities?

Thanks!

Ini
January 30th, 2015, 15:09
You have a full class once a week and you are going to waste it playing games? Why not develop your own syllabus to run in tandem with what they are doing in their regular classes but one that focuses on communication over grammar?

toumasu
January 30th, 2015, 15:40
You have a full class once a week and you are going to waste it playing games? Why not develop your own syllabus to run in tandem with what they are doing in their regular classes but one that focuses on communication over grammar?
i don't think i'm wasting it at all, especially considering i do a lot of review games. i do indeed focus on more communication style games vs. grammar, and i was hoping for some more in the same vein. what kind of activities have you run that have been successful in this regard? i'm interested to implement some things that have worked for other people

soh
January 30th, 2015, 17:33
Phonics, jeopardy, true or false, multiple choice quizzes or watching videos?

uthinkimlost?
January 30th, 2015, 17:47
Why not do a longer-term project instead of games?

mothy
January 30th, 2015, 18:05
Oh, is that how you say first year student in Japanese? I wish my Japanese was as good as yours, tomato_simon.

toumasu
January 30th, 2015, 18:33
Phonics, jeopardy, true or false, multiple choice quizzes or watching videos?
ok, good suggestions.

Why not do a longer-term project instead of games?
i'm totally up for that (well, will be if it's the same situation in april). have you tried something like this? or, what would you do, garak? :D

Oh, is that how you say first year student in Japanese? I wish my Japanese was as good as yours, tomato_simon.
it's ok, keep trying buddy!

Penguee
January 30th, 2015, 22:40
I only ever play games with my Junior High School students if they all get over 95 on their tests and are eating ice cream.

I would use the time for plays or role play activity, 20 questions, or stuff that rewards them for speaking in general.

I also agree with the idea to do a long term project. But games every week? And that's all? I'd try to flex your 'teacher' muscle and use it to really teach them something that would be interesting and may encourage them along in their English Learning careers. Teach about a town, a custom, a country or something like that. I know it's hard with a whole class, but I feel like you'd be able to figure something out. Even letter projects would be interesting.

coop52
January 30th, 2015, 23:10
I have the exact same situation. I planned out a syllabus that kind of follows the textbook, reinforcing whatever points they just learned in class. I have them do some sort of communication activity, usually some kind of role play. For example, when they were learning plurals, I had them do a shopping activity so they could practice saying stuff like "4 apples" as well as learn some common set phrases like "May I help you?". It's a good chance to give the kids extra time to practice important things that aren't covered all that well in the textbook, like prepositions of place and adverbs of frequency. And, it's the time when I do all the cultural stuff like Christmas songs.

naginataonthebrain
January 31st, 2015, 00:15
If you're interested in a long term project, maybe you should have them participate in Postcrossing (http://www.postcrossing.com/)? Gets them to practice writing and the postcards they receive will come from all around the world. Although this might be better for a smaller group of people (like a English club). It's something to consider though.

jwkelley
February 2nd, 2015, 14:40
I would probably run a TPRS style course. Once they had a decent foundation I would do some bigger projects.