Probably the best time for schools around the world, and especially in China, is Halloween. Every October 31st, kids get the chance to paint their faces, wear their scary masks, get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and travel across town to go to the Halloween Party in their school. What better for a child than to play Halloween games with their friends?
It can be tricky though for teachers in the lead-up to Halloween to think of good Halloween party games and activities which the kids will find fun and varied. It can also be a problem to work out if your Halloween party games might be a little too scary for the younger ones and to make sure that each child is involved.
At the bottom of this page, you will find a full Halloween Party Games and Activities for Teachers and Schools PDF. It contains good Halloween party game ideas, ways of bringing Halloween fun to your school, some good tips for schools to run a successful Halloween Party and also Halloween craft activities, where the kids can make spooky Halloween crafts to take home to show mum and dad.
I hope you enjoy this free Halloween pack and please do feel free to share it this Halloween!
Christmas is upon us once again and www.rayenglish.com has put together a wonderful Christmas teaching mega pack for you to use in your English classes.
The Christmas ESL teaching mega pack contains colouring sheets, mazes, puzzles, ESL Christmas worksheets and Christmas quizzes to keep your English classes truely festive.
Additionally, the Christmas teaching mega pack also contains craft activities to do in the classroom with your children and also Christmas party games if your school is running a Christmas party this year!
See the link in red below to download your free Christmas teaching pack.
What is The Big Juicy Warmers Pack?
The TEFL Lemon Big Juicy Warmers Pack is a massive Warmers and Games PDF, crammed-full of TEFL warmers, TEFL games, ESL activities, English speaking activities, TEFL roleplays and more English games than you can shake a stick at!
This free PDF is pack is 100% TESL teaching GOLD!!!!
Whenever you teach English classes, you should always consider starting off your class with a fun warmer to raise those energy levels in your students and to help them relax and get ready for your classes.
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One day he misses his sons birthday and lies about why he couldn't make it. His son, Max, wishes that his dad can't lie for 24 hours and it comes true!
Your English students will find it hilarious to watch Jim Carey unable to lie in various situations and this will be the ideal lead-in to your main speaking activity where your ESL students must lie to each other and try not to be caught out. The full lesson plan PDF with student handout is free to download below.
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What to Do in Class
Write the word LIE on the board. Ask your students if they know or can guess what it means. Give some examples, for example, exaggerating your age or how handsome you are. Make your students laugh. After a minute or two, they will all understand the meaning of lie.
Once every student has spoken to everyone else and written down their answers on the worksheet provided, you can ask them what they think the lies were. If they can guess correctly, the liar must take a forfeit card, if they guess wrongly; the guesser must take a forfeit card i.e. Stanley, what do you think Jenny lied about? Sorry Stanley, that’s wrong. Please take a forfeit card! This is a great activity, especially as a first class topic as everyone gets to know each other! Enjoy!
Lesson by Stuart Allen
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Stuart Allen has been an English teacher since 2002 and has taught Chinese, French, Italian, Austrian, Korean and Spanish students, both in the UK and China. He runs two successful TEFL blogs in China and is a well-known voice in the China TEFL industry. Stuart is the founder and owner of www.rayenglish.com
Around Christmas we sang Christmas carols and on St. Patrick’s Day we danced like crazy leprechauns. With big ESL classes I’ve played musical chairs, just to get the students up and moving for a few minutes after a long day of class after class, which is common practice in English training centres in China.
by Serlina Sarah Heintze
I’m originally from Germany but spent most of my twenties in Ireland, working for a well-known multi-national corporation. After getting my ESL qualifications, I left the Emerald Isle and I have been teaching English at an English training centre in Wuhan, Hubei for the last two and a half years. I’m a bit of a fitness junkie so when I’m not teaching, I can usually be found in the gym. I’m also a bit of a foodie, so trying out new restaurants with my Chinese friends has become somewhat of a hobby. I also blog at sellyslittleworld.com.
Free Halloween Games and Activities Pack
If you are an English teacher, then each and every year you'll most likely be putting on a special Halloween party in your English school. Halloween is the best time of year for me and I have always got really stuck in to the Halloween Games, Spooky Music and Manacing Masks!
"If I Could Turn Back Time...I Would...."
The Second Conditional Tense, sometimes rightly called the Hypothetical Conditional, is used in English to talk about situations which imagine an unreal different situation happening right now. The Second Conditional can also be used to talk about how we wish something was now if the past could be different.
In this song, If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher sings about how things would be different now if she had treated her boyfriend better in the past. How actions in the past have affected the present now and how she would have changed what she did in the past given the chance. This is a good song to use when teaching the second conditional using could.
This free ESL song lesson using the Second Conditional includes a nice board game which you can print out to either A4 or A3. Students are put into pairs or small groups and make their way around the board landing on different squares and discussing what they would do if the could turn back time. Your students will be actually using the second conditional tense in closed practice and this lesson will really help them nail this tricky grammar point. There is a nice ESL gapfill there too. Please download the free lesson just below.
This TEFL article is meant for those of you that teach English to the little monsters we all love. English schools are expensive in China, and the parents pay a lot of their hard earned RMB to send their little darlings to learn English from a foreign teacher.
However, those same demons come to play games and attack you. You must find a balance between what the parents want and what those like devils want! If you simply stand in front of the class, speak, and have the students repeat after you, your class with be very mundane and boring.
Younger ESL students love a high energy, fun, engaging, class. Plus, TEFL games will keep you sane，and you will enjoy your own class more as well!
So lets go over a few easy TEFL games, and when to play them, that I’ve learned through the years that kept me going and my students entertained!
First thing first. Playing language games would be meaningless unless you gave the students points, right? So, divide your class into teams. For example, if you have 20 students, four teams of five is perfect. Let a student from each team pick the team name, and you draw it. Anytime their team wins a game, give them points under their team name. At the end of class, reward the winning team.
Paper, Scissors, Stone.
Paper, scissors, stone. Firstly, I know, it’s rock, paper, scissors... Welcome to China. Now that that is out of the way, lets begin.
Anytime a student answers your question, is well behaved, or does anything to deserve points, play it! Simple, easy, fast, and the kids love it.
Slap hands. My personal favorite! You remember this game from childhood. Put your hands out, palms up, and have the students place their hands on yours, palms down. Quickly bring your hands out from under their hands and try to smack the top of their hands! Make it more fun by scaring them, make them flinch! Pretend you will do it, and shout! They will quickly move their hands! For a twist to the game, give them a chance to hit you! When students ask questions and another student answers, let them play with each other!
Roll the Dice!
Roll the dice. Easy TEFL game! Get a BIG dice (if your school doesn't have one, you should make one on a quiet day!), ask a question and if your students get it right, then they roll it. If it lands on six, give his or her team six points.
Monster! I love this easy TEFL game! When you are go through the flash cards for vocabulary, this will keep the young learners’ attention on you. Go through the vocab one by one, but, randomly shout 'MONSTER!'
When you shout this, the students must stand up, turn around, and sit down. The fastest student gets to roll the dice, or just give them points. Or, instead of having them turn around and sit down, have them change seats!
Poo Poo Chair
Poo-poo chair. This game is similar to Monster. Designate a chair as the Poo-Poo chair. When going through the vocab, shout Monster! The students must change seats! Whoever is stuck in the Poo-Poo chair has to roll the dice. Whatever they roll, the other teams get the points.
Bulls-eye. Draw a bulls-eye on the whiteboard with the outer circle being lower points, and the inner circle the most. When a student answers a question correctly, let them throw a sticky ball (a ball with those suction cups cover it) at the bulls-eye. Or, use a Nerf gun to shoot at the bulls-eye. Award the student’s team the points.
Guessing game. Pretty self explanatory. Write a question on the board for your TEFL students and hide the answer with a piece of paper. Let the students guess. Whoever is right, wins.
TEFL games don’t have to be fancy and elaborate, they can be easy. Something simple that breaks up the routine of the rote Chinese education method will always be welcomed by your students. Think outside the box when creating TEFL game ideas. And, once you have a new game you love, please share it with us here! If you have anything you would like to add, please feel free to add a comment! Happy teaching!
by Paul Berger
Paul Berger is an American from California, currently teaching at Heilongjiang Bayi Agricultural University (黑龙江八一农垦大学）in Daqing, China. He's been in China for many years now and loving every moment of it! He feels that China can definitely make or break you, and so hopes he can help you start off on the right foot! Anything from teaching ideas to buying a home, he's done it, so don’t hesitate to ask! If you would like to contact Paul, then drop us a message here at RAY English.