For beginner and low intermediate classes, I recommend formulating questions that lead to 1 or 2 types of answers. For example, use CAN/WILL questions and write the beginning part of the answer on the board "I can/will...".
I recommend giving a prize to make the target points mean something, thus peaking their interest. This game works best with the arbitrary stop watch (30 seconds). Then for another day take the same categories (or create new ones) and play the same game except students, this time, act it out (no speaking or noises).
Students shop, trying to accumulate as many items as possible (each item is 1 unit of currency).
Periodically, the instructor will say "stop" (a bell or other device may be needed to attract attention in some cultural and classroom contexts) and call out a name of one of the products. There are two winners in this version: The shopper who accumulates the most products and the clerk who makes the most money.
Give the students 1-2 minutes to find as many possible words as they can and memorize them.
Start the game by calling a ship's name, for example the ship name is "THE CALIFORNIAN".This is a place were English teachers can share games and activities that they have found useful in the classroom.If you know a game or an activity that works well with ESL/EFL students and it is not yet listed here, please submit it.Level: Any Level Draw a target (with points - like a dart board) on the white board or use a cardboard box in the middle of the room.Then, students make paper airplanes and launch them after they answer your question in the form of a sentence.In the last round there will be two big groups battling to be the winner.Level: Easy to Medium (Low to low intermediate) Each student is then give one sheet of paper. He/she describes a person and the rest of the class draws the person being described.If you have access to bells or buzzers, it's even more fun.Next, read an answer to a question and say, 'What's the question?The laughter from this is hilarious as the impressions tend to make the character in question look funny.It is a good idea to encourage students to ask the interviewee student questions about who they are describing.