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November 23, 2008

Tips and Tricks - The Right or Wrong Game

Hello Readers,

Most good ESL teachers have a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to warmers and games they can use in their classrooms. But even the best of the best teachers can get stuck in a rut. So, let's take a look at another game you can use with your English students...

... The game is simply called 'right or wrong'. Here's how you can play:

1. Prepare a set of statements, some that are 'right' and some that are 'wrong'. These could be statements like, 'school is spelled s-k-o-o-l', 'an apple is a noun', or 'the past tense of teach is taught'.

2. Put two chairs (or mats) labelled 'right' and 'wrong' at the front of the classroom.

3. Divide the class into two groups.

4. Read a statement out loud.

5. One person from each group must race to appropriate chair (or mat) - the 'right' chair if the statement is right or the 'wrong' chair if the statement is wrong.

6. The person who makes it to the correct chair (or mat) first, wins two points for his/her team.

7. If the statement is false, the winning team can correct the statement for one point. If they can not do this, then the other team can try to correct the statement for one point.

8. The winning team is the team with the most points.

Alternative/Extension activities:

1. Start by allowing the students to write 5-10 statements on separate pieces of paper. (Make sure to approve these before they are used).

2. For large classes, have more than one game going on at the same time. Have students from each team take turns reading the statements.

3. Create a worksheet with some of the false statements for students to correct as homework.

Can you think of some statements for this game? Add them to the comments section below.

Hope that helps!

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

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*For more ESL Tips & Tricks from ESL-Lesson-Plan, please click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at November 23, 2008 02:28 PM

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