Junior High

English games and activities for ALTs teaching junior high classes.

The next letter game is played in teams of 4 at the maximum to practice alphabetical order with the goal being trying to recall as quickly as possible the next letter. A perfect warm up for when junior high school first grade are learning how to use the dictionary.

This warm up has students reviewing recently studied grammar in a very focused way. One student provides the Japanese and the next, the English. Play it out in a quick-fire way and students get caught up and can really enjoy reviewing grammar this way.

Back writing is a fun game with a few different variations (see below) for pairs or groups to review writing and understanding the shapes of the alphabet.

When you get to the "have vs has" lesson with your 1st grade junior high school students, here is a nice game to give them lots of chances to think about which word is the appropriate one to use with each pronoun (I, He, She, They, etc).

This activity uses competition to make writing the alphabet fun. It should probably be paired with (and done after) a practice worksheet.

This game is all about using your poker face. And lying. And having fun of course. What do you have in your pencil case? Two pencils...

A warm up that challenges students to think of questions, ask others and answer. Everyone has a chance to speak as each student must answer then ask the next student before they sit down.

In groups, students think up questions to ask the teacher. This is a great speaking activity to review recently studied grammar.

This is a lesson activity for the Junior High 3rd grade text book introduced in 2012. There is a part that deals with catching a train and asking for directions to catch a train somewhere. This activity gives the students a chance to have a go in a somewhat real world example.

This activity might take a large portion of class time so you'll need to be sure the JTE is on board for that. In this activity, students will have to get creative, use their group work skills, negotiate, and even get a bit artistic so it's really great for building important life skills in addition to the English grammar point of the day.

This scenario can be used in many different ways to give students a chance to use the phrase "What do you study on Monday afternoon?" but in a much more compelling way.

This communication based activity is a very special kind of vocabulary review. Of course, there will be lackadaisical or even downright negative students but everyone else will enjoy the freedom of this quick, fun, and creative speaking challenge.

For junior high first graders, this group work activity encourages students to use their knowledge of the world and bring it to the English class.

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.

Being able to answer any "How do you ...?" question requires many different grammar forms. This activity let's students practice asking the single form question without getting bogged down in the grammar of all the possible answers.