English Games and Activites for ALT's

Our full list of games and activities for ALT's teaching ESL English in Japanese schools.

This is a great way for the young students to expend all that excited energy - fair warning: you'll need a lot of energy too!

In this game, the teacher's pen (and other stationary) is missing. Luckily, the students know where it is and can direct the teacher to it.

This activity has students pairing up to say different numbers then confirm them by showing the numerals with their fingers. A simple activity where students teach each other.

Doing the 'best time challenge' is just a fun way to get an elementary class to practice asking and answering a target dialogue a few times as a class. Nothing special, but it works and the students get into it.

Pace out the numbers (as you would write them) while the class watches and guesses the number being "drawn".

Students challenge their partner to see who can say the most things. The person who can't think of something to say within 5 seconds loses and the game is over.

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.

Cartoon birthdays lets you chat with elementary aged students about birthdays, months, and dates by connecting to your students through something that is of interest to most young people - cartoon characters. 

Bulrush is a game your elementary students will love. It involves running, chasing and a bit of English and the best part is you can play it with them!

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).

Rather than create a worksheet and use a lot of paper, doing a blackboard survey puts all the information up on the board for all students to see and review once the communication part of the activity is over.

This activity works well with most walk-and-talk information collecting communication activities. Also, it's a no-prep activity so you can use it any time.

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

These well crafted worksheets give students a chance to trace the alphabet, try writing on their own, and do a simple dot-to-dot exercise. Hand them out as weekly homework to steadily build students English writing skills and confidence.

This fun Halloween activity idea for elementary English classes isn't so much about studying and practicing English as it is about sharing culture and just having a fun lesson. When planning a lesson, I'd save this for the end as a "reward" for completing the earlier part of the lesson.

The concentration game is a game of memory and recall. The students have to remember what has been said before them, then they have to recall the English vocabulary of the lesson (or previous lessons) to add their own word.