Junior High

English games and activities for ALTs teaching junior high classes.

This group or pair activity gives students the chance to use "not" while playing a guessing game.

This activity gives students the chance to use "Are you ~?" in a real use situation. It's a fun activity where students get to hear the problems another student has and creatively provide a solution.

This is a way to practice language that doesn't easily fit into a scenario based activity. Of course, it's better to apply a scenario and try to create a mock real-use situation for practicing language, but it's not always so easy. This activity may work in some of those cases.

Janken losers have to jump, jump, jump! This activity may or may not be favorably received by your students, depending on their disposition. It'd work better with more active, happy students.

As a language learning tool, singing is an effective way for learners to become more familiar with the natural rhythm of spoken (sung) English. On top of that, there's something about singing that just makes you feel good. Here's a list of songs to try in junior high.

With a grammar focus on using "have to" or "don't have to", this activity compares things we have to do in different countries. It challenges students' listening skills and then gives them a chance to compose some English.

This game, just like the "What do you have?" game, is about using your poker face. It's very interesting to find out which students in your classes can look their classmates in the eye and lie with a straight face.

This activity uses images to help students practice using this (to specify something near) and that (to specify something some distance away). Because students draw the images themselves, they have a greater sense of ownership of the activity. Plus, it's just a bit of (quiet, creative) fun!

In this activity, groups think up opinion based answers to the questions you provide and present them for popular judgement to the class. Vote by applause.

This activity gives students a chance to talk about things in their town or city. The format is somewhat malleable but the basic idea is that you use "are" to talk about some shops or landmarks in your town, then use "is" to talk about specific ones.

The premise for this activity is you, as the ALT, know nothing about clubs but are very interested in learning about them, specifically the rules. Students group up and come up with the rules from their clubs.

This activity is done in two stages, the first as review, the second to add a fun quiz element. Students ask for direction to certain rooms within the school. In the second stage, they see if they can mentally follow the directions to the correct room.

This activity for your junior high school 3rd graders lets the students use the "We call her Alex." grammar to quiz each other on famous things and places. Group work makes the prep easy for everyone!

Trying to create a realistic scenario students can act out where they might naturally use the grammar "I mean the man reading a newspaper." isn't so easy. Instead of trying to force it, I decided we should write a poem instead.

The man trying to look busy.
The ladies sharing gossip in huddles of office chairs.
The computers shedding heat into the stuffy room.
The B.O.E.

In this activity, students consider their upcoming school trip and think about what they'd like to see, eat, or buy there.