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"I need a game!!!!" At one point or another we have all uttered these words as the clock ticks down to lesson time. I have discovered tons of useful stuff here at ESL Cafe, so now it's my turn to add my 2 cents. I have found that ANY kind of prefabricated game, such as JENGA, can be incorporated into a fun English lesson. ANY set of rules regrding vocabulary, grammar and point-keeping can also be created by the teacher. What I like to do is begin by having a student remove one block of wood from the tower. After this is done, the student must pose a question to one of the other learners in the class, i.e. "What did you eat for breakfast today". The question should be answered correctly before the student who is answering can take a turn. If the question CANNOT be answered, the student who originally asked it must now answer his/her own question. A correct answer allows the student to keep the piece taken from the tower.The evntual "winner" is the student who has the most wooden-pieces at the end of the game.
This is a loose description of how I play, as I firmly believe that it is up to each teacher to add their own special "spice" to the games. If you can include a game,your students will really get into it and have a lot of FUN. After all, that's what it's all about!!

Shawn J. Newell
Tokyo, Japan

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