Understanding that students come to class with a lot of knowledge of things other than English.
Students are put off when they are not doing well in a subject. Remember – success breeds success. Activities that allow them to use their outside knowledge can increase their confidence in class.
Try a general knowledge game like this:
Choose a letter of the alphabet and ask students to write the following beginning with that letter in English:
- a country
- a woman’s first name
- a sport
- a fruit or vegetable
- a politician
- a musician or composer
- a part of the body
It’s not always your knowledge of English that will help you win. If students work in pairs they can help and learn from each other.
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