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 way to make the daily greeting more active, a great greeting activity for kindergarten English lessons.

This has to be the most fun I've had in an elementary English class, ever. A super fun way to help younger students get familiar with the shapes of the alphabet and get them moving their bodies at the same time.

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.

This conversation class activity uses the four conjunctions (and, then, but, so) to join a series of past tense sentences. Doing this, students must create a story that describes a very ordinary day.

Kindergarten kids love to sing songs, and song and dance is a great developmental tool for young children, so singing English songs in your English preschool lessons just makes sense.

The telephone game challenges students listening skills as the pass a message down the line via whisper. An elementary school classic that you may find repurposes well as an English activity.

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.

The circle memory game is a way to practice new vocab or short phrases in a group in a fun and challenging way. The main challenge is trying to remember everything that has been said so far!

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.

In this activity, students challenge each other to find the word (from a page with lots of words on it, ideally in picture form) with the hint being all the letters in the word, only shuffled into a random order.

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.