Baccalauréat This is the one where you give pupils a set of categories (e.g.
towns in France, food, drink, objects in the classroom, objects around the home, hobbies, sports).
Explain to the class that one person is a department store assistant and that the other one is a customer who is mute (i.e. The customer has drawn up a list of items for wedding presents.
By using gesture alone, the customer has to explain what he wants to buy, while the shop assistant guesses out loud. Although only one person is speaking, the game rehearses vocab effectively and you can soon swap partners to play the game again. You can play this with near beginners if you stick to simple classroom items, clothing and so on.
This is when the fun starts as the class discover if the two stories tally.
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I don’t think that you have to use games to teach classes successfully.
To take animals as an example, each pupil chooses eight different animals from the list s/he has been taught, writing the English equivalent in the boxes.
The teacher reads out the list of animals in the target language while each pupil concentrates on two words at a time; the first animal on her/his list and the final one. Buy a few pretend plastic ticking bombs cheaply off the internet.