• Student Name Bingo

    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.

  • Student to Student Q & A

    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.

  • Talk Around It

    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.

  • Teacher Interview Game: Do you...?

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

  • Using Trains - Communication Activity

    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.

  • What do you have?

    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...

  • When is Christmas

    "When is Christmas?" is a natural extension to the Hi, friends! "When is your birthday?" lesson.

    As a younger ALT, I noticed students could ask and answer the birthday question fine, but didn't quite understand the "when" component of the question well enough to carry it over to a question like "When is New Year's Eve?"

  • Who am I? - Question Game

    Who am I isn't really an activity more than it's a way to cap off a talking activity where students have been sharing information about themselves. Students need to recall what others have told them and they really have a lot of fun recognizing their classmates' from the information you give. Who am I?