Saturday, August 30, 2014

Free Games and Activities for English as a Second Language: Fruit Games

ESL fruit games are a great way to introduce students to new vocabulary.
Free educational English (ESL) fruit games help to reinforce new vocabulary words related to fruits. Educational games also help to build the conversation skills of English as Second Language (ESL) students. Fun games for English as a second language encourage cooperation and allow students to have pair conversation with the targeted vocabulary. 

Vocabulary for the ESL topic fruits includes English words which are readily used in conversation. Vocabulary includes but is not limited to singular and plural forms of nouns such as apple and cherries. Verbs such as 'eat' can also be easily used in a fun game.

ESL Fruit Games are not Difficult
The level of difficulty of the conversation used in an ESL class on fruits is dependent on the ages of the adults or children who are students in the class and the number of years of exposure to English they have had.
Fun games which are good for teaching fruits to ESL students include Fruit Basket and May I Have Apples? May I have Apples is played in a similar fashion to a well known favorite game, Go Fish.

Playing this free, fun ESL game is easy. First, divide the class into groups of 5. In each group, one student is the dealer. Each group should get 30 cards. The cards used in the game should cover at least 4 vocabulary words in the ESL topic, fruits, such as pears, bananas, apples, etc.

ESL students in Osaka who are just learning fruits vocabulary will be able to manage 4 words easily. ESL students between the ages of 6 and 8 will enjoy fun games centered on the words apples, bananas, oranges and strawberries.

ESL students who are more proficient in English may study 6 to 8 words or more. Students of English as a second language in Japan and other countries in Asia who have studied the English language for a long period of time, may use playing cards with pictures of star apples, pears, grapes, kiwi fruit, peaches, melons and so on. The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide is a good resource for men and women who are interested in teaching English as a second language.

The dealer should give 4 cards to each student in the group, with the face of each card turned down. The remaining cards should be stacked face down in the middle of the group. The students should play rock, scissors, and paper to decide who should go first. After the first winner of rock, scissors, and paper has their turn, they should be followed by the person on their right.

The winner of rock, scissors and paper should ask the person on their right for the card that they want.
"Do you have apples?"
If the student has the card, they should say yes and give them the card.
"Yes, I do. Here you are."
If the student does not have the card, they should tell the person asking to take one card from the top of the stack.
"No, I don't. Pick a card."
The next student then asks the person to their right. The first player to have of each card is the winner. This fruits game is a good way to reinforce fruits-related vocabulary for students of English as a second language in Japan and other countries in Asia.
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