Junior High

English games and activities for ALTs teaching junior high classes.

This activity can be used with basically any question answer dialog that students encounter in junior high English. The downside of this activity is that you're not really creating a real-use scenario. The upside is that you can do this any time and the mechanics encourage students to talk to many different people.

Basic Info

Time: 10 mins
Level: Junior high
Works with: Questions and answers
Class size: Medium to large

You will need:

  • A name bingo worksheet

Description

  1. Students walk around and find a partner.
  2. They ask the target question and note the answer, along with their partner's name on their bingo worksheet.
  3. After a period of time, or once they have collected 9 names (to fill in their 3x3 bingo sheet), students sit down.
  4. Next, play bingo with teachers calling out students' names in place of numbers in normal bingo.

Students cross the names off as they are called out and eventually call out bingo if they get 3 in a row.

Tips

  • When making the worksheet, you may want to include the dialog, and maybe some writing activity for students to do in addition to the bingo game.

Warnings

  • You need to know all the students names to finish this game well. Perhaps leave the bingo part of it to the JTE.

Comments

This kind of activity is not the best way to impart a visceral understanding of the language they are learning, but it's fun. When you can't think of a scenario within which to use the language naturally and in an interesting way for students, this is a convenient activity to fall back on.

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