Big Town- Coolest Elementary School ESL Game?

October 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Children's Classes | Leave a comment
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About a month ago I  came across Big Town on the MES English website and started using it with my elementary age students, and they love it! I love it too, it is so great for practicing introductions, numbers, countries, food, color, occupations and more in a way that is fun for the kids, and not repetitive.

How many times can you ask your students, “where are you from?” when they are all from the same country? With this game you can pass out the cards to your students, and they take on the identity of the person on the card. Each card has a different character with different information. Now they are for example, “Tom, age 29 from Canada” When you ask them “what’s your name? and how old are you?” they answer as if they are this person. It’s great for reading too, as they have to read the information.

The way we play is to hand out the cards to the kids, and in classes up to 6 or 7 kids I ask them to walk around and ask a few questions to another student(for example: what’s your name? how old are you? where are you from?). When they are done asking the questions, they do “rock, scissors, paper” hand game, and whoever wins gets the card. Whoever has the most cards at the end wins. There are a ton of variations you can do with these cards and a lot of ideas and explanations on the MES English Big Town page, and by the way, did I mention the cards are free downloads? Doesn’t get much cooler than that, so check it out, your students will love it!

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