While a classroom setting is important for learning a new language, there are other ways to build skills and increase familiarity with new words and phrases. While the following activities and games can certainly be used in a class, they are perfect for practice at home with friends or a study group.
Acting out words and phrases can be an enjoyable and educational activity for students looking for new ways to practice their skills. Write basic words or phrases on cards that everyone is able to read and understand. Examples of simple phrases might be “throw ball” or “run fast.” Teams or individuals then take turns choosing cards and acting out phrases while others guess in English what is being acted out.
Practice English with this wacky sentence game. Prepare by writing different random words on small pieces of paper and passing them out to everyone. The object of the game is to work together to build sentences using the words on the pieces of paper. The stranger the words are, the funnier and more memorable the sentences will be.
Two Truths and a Lie
This game is often used at the beginning of a class to help students get to know each other, but it can be useful for any group to have some fun and practice speaking and writing English. To start the game, have everyone in the group write down 3 “facts” about themselves. Two of these will be true and one will be a lie. Everyone then takes turns reading what they have written while the rest of the group tries to guess which “fact” isn’t a fact at all.
We believe that when our students see that they can have fun while practicing English, they often enjoy language learning and have more success. At the American Language Communication Learning School, our instructors are committed to helping students use a variety of different ways to practice English, including entertaining games and activities.