AHHHHHH: The Yelling Game

Before I dive into this game description, I have to apologize for being MIA for a while now. Things at work have been quite busy and I haven’t had the time (or energy) to continue to add to this growing list of resources. Sorry!

Anyway, about this game… It’s almost exactly what it sounds like: students yell the sentence patterns you’re working on in class. I find that this gets some of the jitters out of active students and wakes up those who are falling asleep. Plus, it gets all the students practicing the sentence patterns. You’ll notice that, because they’re in a group setting, even shyer students tend to get involved in this activity!

Before we start though, I have two little disclaimers: 1) It WILL get loud in your class, so don’t do this on a day that you’re fighting a headache; 2) Don’t do this activity for longer than 10 minutes or your students might lose their voices. With that in mind, here we go!

What you’ll need: students (preferably 4 or more) and a board (but you can do without the board, really).

Step 1: Drill whatever sentence pattern you’re working on. You can use a game for this or if your students prefer repetition, that works too.

Step 2: Once you’re satisfied with the students’ progress, separate them into 2 teams. If your group is especially creative, have them name their team (with an English name).

Step 3: Instruct both groups to say a sentence pattern. For example, if you’re working on “I can____.”, have group 1 say “I can walk.” and group 2 say “I can jump.” Tell them to use big voices and be as loud as they can. The group that is the loudest wins. At this point, to help students understand, I usually draw a mini bar graph on the board (one for team 1 and one for team 2). If one group is particularly loud, I draw lines into their bar graph. Once the bar graph reaches the top, it means that that team is the winner.

Step 4: Try switching up the sentence patterns each group is saying. If we follow the “I can____.” example, have them say they can do different actions (bounce a ball, jump rope, fly a kite, ride a bike, swim, run, etc.) then have them practice “I can’t____.” (the negative form).

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