We all know that creativity and games play an important role in learning. Fun, interactive activities are an excellent way to break the ice, encourage more reserved students, and participants to act together, explore complex topics and engage in active learning. They also enable teachers to host memorable lessons that have a real impact on the student’s learning process.
Language learning and exploration is essential to how we can build a more communicative world, and positive relationships across borders. This handy directory of games and activities from The Internet TESL Journal (ITESLJ), is an online resource for teachers of English as a second language (ESL), but the activities can be adapted to many context, and even to learning with adults.
We especially like how educators enjoy caring for the commons by giving time to others and sharing their passion. The activities presented have been shared, tried and tested in the ESL/EFL classroom by many educators. Most require little preparation and few extra resources, making them particularly convenient teaching/facilitation tools.
We like the activities and we feel many need adaptations to truly promote innovative, communicative methods. We share some here and offer “our take” on them.