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July 25, 2006

Lesson Plans- Bingo Extensions

Hello Readers!

I've got two days left of teaching a class of absolute beginners, ages 6-7, and have done nothing in the last month but eat, sleep, teach, and think up ways of entertaining/educating the little darlings. Perhaps you are currently in the same situation- or will be doing something similar in the near future. If so, I imgaine that you might find a few extensions to the classic BINGO game beneficial to your sanity!

B-7, I-13, N-23, G-34, O-56... Is this really such a great game for teaching English? Well, to start with...

... you can have the students make their own BINGO boards. This is not only activity in learning classroom vocabulary, but also one in following instructions. To make a BINGO board, all you need to prepare is some paper and a dozen words or so for a topic that you can write on the board (I've done action words, classroom objects, numbers, colors, shapes... ). Give the students instructions like, "fold your paper in half,", "make 16 squares," "choose a word from the board," "write the word in the first square," etc. Make sure that the students aren't copying the same words into the same spaces. For very small children, you can have them draw a picture instead of writing the word.

Then, play BINGO. Don't show the students the card with the word on it until they've placed their markers on their board to maximize their opportunities to work on their listening skills. If a student can't find the word, teach them to say, "Can you help me?" or another suitable phrase like, "What's this word?". Encourage the students to help each other.

Once someone wins BINGO, instead of simply giving them a prize, make them work for it by having them read off the words or numbers they had covered. Again, encourage the students to help each other- but only if the troubled student asks for it!

For a prize, give the students a bead (peanut, coin, or whatever kind of markers that you are using). Throughout the game, ask questions about how many beads the students have so that you can have the students counting, adding, and answering questions about who has the most or least beads.

There are many more extensions that you can probably think of for this and other simple games that you played when you were young. Can you think of any more? Feel free to comment.

Good luck!

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Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, has lived and worked in China since 1998. During that time, she has worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She’s worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she’s also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing as well as working as an ESL instructor for the Australian International School of Beijing. Carol is also enrolled in Oxford Brookes' MA TESL program in Oxford, England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 25, 2006 10:15 PM

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