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Re: Good ESL Games
I made up my own language game system. It has more than 1000 different activities, requires no preparation, no dice, no player tokens, and no board, and can be played by any number of players for any length of time. The game activities range from mindlessly simple to fiendishly complex, but many can also be scaled for different player skill levels, by the players themselves, during the game.

If you would like a file describing my selection of the 100 easiest items in the system, please contact me directly.
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Most word building games do not work well if the players are still hardly able to read.

For students who know their ABC's and some basic phonics rules, but still need prompting for each word of each sentence in their textbooks, I recommend Word Chase. It's like a simplified version of Pyramid but players are collecting (and reading) five of the 25 most commonly used words in the English language. It works wonders. And as a bonus, the box is so sturdy, I don't think a kid could smash it if he tried.
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Quadrasonic wrote:
And as a bonus, the box is so sturdy, I don't think a kid could smash it if he tried.
is that the sound of a gauntlet hitting the floor? I think it is!
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I use Dixit in my upper level elementary english classes here in China. While the actual speaking involved in the game is not very much (a short phrase or sentence each round), I think it taps into something that many ESL classes lack-- language creativity. Sure, its easy to teach someone how to use the basics of a language, but teaching them to manipulate it in more unconventional ways is much more difficult. I highly recommend it!

Plus, the kids LOVE the pictures and are excited whenever I get the cards out.
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