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LANGUAGE LEARNING GAMES

LANGUAGE LEARNING GAMES

 

A good way to practice language skills is through games.  You can practice the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing while engaged as participants in a game.  Games are also FUN!

 

Here are a few language games that you can do indoors in your home.

 

WHAT’S IN THE BOX (OR BAG)?

Purpose:  To use details to name an object

Language Skill:  Listening, Speaking, Yes/No Questions

Materials Needed:  box or bag, object in home

Directions:  

  1.   . The leader will put an object in a box (or bag) without the other players seeing it.
  2.      Players take turns asking questions that can be answered with either, “YES” or “NO”. (For example, “Is it round?” and “Is it blue?” would be good questions to ask.  But, “What shape is it?” and “What color is it?” would NOT be good questions to ask.)
  3.      Once a player thinks he/she has enough details to identify the object, he/she will say, “Is it a ____?”.
  4.      The leader will answer either, “YES, it is.” or “No, it isn’t.”

 

HOME SCAVENGER HUNT

Purpose:  To find the objects on a list.

Language Skill:  Reading/Vocabulary Building

Materials Needed:  Copies of list of objects that can be found around the house.  (The copies can be handwritten.)/paper or plastic bag

Directions:

  1.      Each player gets a list.
  2.      Set a time limit.
  3.      Players need to read the list, find the objects and collect them in a bag.
  4.      The player who is able to collect the most objects at the end of the time limit “wins” the game.

 

(NOTE:  A list of household objects could include:  spoon, newspaper, brush, plate, toy, toothbrush, apple, cup, t-shirt, etc.)