If you are a teacher of students learning English as a second language, you know first-hand how difficult it can be for them to get through some days in school. Things that may come as second nature to native English speakers can take quite a bit of work for students striving to learn the language. These games are a great way to break up their hard work with a little time for play, and add some different kinds of educational exercises to their academic program.
Hangman is a classic spelling game that most English speakers have either heard about or played in the past. This game works best if each student plays for him or herself, rather than dividing the entire class into teams. The first student comes to the front of the classroom and draws the classic Hangman on the board. Then, either you assign a vocabulary work or the student chooses his or her own word. The student then marks blanks to represent each letter of the chosen word. The rest of the class takes turns guessing which letters fill in the blanks. The student who guesses the vocabulary word correctly gets a point and gets to go next.
2. Relay Spelling
This is a fun relay race that can be set up inside your own classroom to teach spelling memorization in a snap. Divide your class into two teams. Each team will form a line facing the chalk board. The students will race to the board, race to write a given vocabulary word correctly, and then race back to their team line. The first student to spell the word correctly and get back in line gets a point for their team. Try it with flashcards, and show a card to the students right before you give the go-ahead to run to the board. They will run up to the board with the given word in mind and spell it out. This game can make some students a little nervous, but it