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For beginner and low intermediate classes, I recommend formulating questions that lead to 1 or 2 types of answers. For example, use CAN/WILL questions and write the beginning part of the answer on the board "I can/will...".

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Level: Easy to Medium The teacher gives a word and asks a student to spell it, and then a second student should say a word beginning with the last letter of the word given. Explain that they are cowboys and they are involved in a duel. The first child to give the answer and then "bang bang", pretending to shoot his opponent is the winner. I give 1 point for the right answer and 5 extra points if they manage to "kill" 4 opponents in a row.

The game continues until someone makes a mistake, that is, to pronounce the word incorrectly, misspell it or come up with a word that has been said already, then he/she is out. This game can be made difficult by limiting the words to a certain category, e.g.. Editor's Note: Instead of saying the word in the students' mother tongue, it would be possible to use a picture or to say a definition ("What do you call the large gray animal with a long nose?

Level: Easy to Medium This is an oral communication activity appropriate for EFL learners in elementary/primary school. This game is designed for practicing "shopping" dialogues and vocabulary. The clerks set up "stands" to allow easy access for all shoppers (e.g.

around the outsides of the room with their backs to the wall).

The captain of THE CALIFORNIAN must reply with a word from the lexical area given, for example he says "TIGER" followed by his crews behind him one by one, "COW"; "SHEEP" until it is the shooter turns and he calls out the name of another ship and the captain of the ship called must reply and his crews must do the same thing. If the captain is late to reply (more than 2 seconds) or his crew can not say the words or a word repeated or the shooter shoots the wrong ship (his own ship or the ship that has already been sunk) the ship is sunk, and the crew members can join the crew of another ship.

The teacher can change the lexical area for the next round.

Have two players--one from each team--come to the front.

Style it like a game show if you like, with the students standing side-by-side.

I don't except my beginners/low intermediate students to form complete sentence so I help them to form correct sentences.

To my surprise they will repeat the sentence several times (while I'm helping them) just so they can throw their airplane.


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