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How To Use A Relay Race To Teach Vocabulary - Easy ESL Games

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In this video, we show you how you can use a Relay Race to teach vocabulary in your classes. This game is really simple and we love it because of the teamwork required to play. Teamwork is a really easy way to get even you quietest students speaking in class because students tend to focus more on helping their teammates then on making gramatical errors. If you have any questions about how you can apply this game to your class, let us know in the comment section. - Kevin & Steve For a written explanation about how to use this game in your ESL or EFL classroom please visit: http://www.easyeslgames.com/esl-game-003-relay-race/ Make sure to find all of our materials on Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Easy-Esl-Games If you'd like to download any of our resources please visit: http://www.easyeslgames.com/shop For more classroom games like this one please check out our website: http://www.easyeslgames.com This video uses songs and resources from our album Easy Kids Songs Vol.1. If you'd like to download the album or any of the corresponding resources please visit: http://www.easyeslgames.com/easy-kids-songs-vol1/ Please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/easyeslgames/ Please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EasyESLGames Plus us on Google Plus: https://www.google.com/+Easyeslgames1978
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fippi aprila (15 days ago)
How should I explain the students the rules for this game?
Easy ESL Games (15 days ago)
I wouldn't explain the rules. Just get up and show them. Make one team stand up and use them as an example. Hand the card to the first student and you say "I like ____". Make the student repeat you. Then motion to them that they are supposed to pass the card to the person in front of you. Once the second student is holding the card, say "I like ____". and have them repeat you and pass the card along. By the time the 3rd student gets the card, they will already know what they are supposed to do. Then have all the teams stand up and practice once. After everyone knows how to play, then you tell them its a race and the fastest team wins. Hope that helps, Kevin
Rosalina Martinez (1 month ago)
I want to know more how is this game play easier.
Easy ESL Games (28 days ago)
The easiest way to play is just to stand everyone in a line and pass a card down the line. Each student says the word on the card as they pass it. You could set a timer and see how fast they do it. Then split into 2 or 3 teams and race to see who can get the card to the end of the line.
Siti Nurbaiti Mohamed (3 months ago)
I find this very useful. However do you have ideas on how to use relay games on essay or literature? I really need help for this. My students are low intermediate, and all of them are 42 students.
Siti Nurbaiti Mohamed (3 months ago)
Easy ESL Games Omg thank you so much. I will try this with my students. Thank you!
Easy ESL Games (3 months ago)
That's a tough question. Essays and literature are almost always solo activities. To play as a class you might want to use a Story Chain. In a Story Chain, you have your students sit in a circle and have each student say one line of a story. The person beside them has to listen to what they say and add another sentence that connects to it. By the time you made it around the circle the Story Chain has had many twists and turns and you are left with a CRAZY story. This activity practices listening, creative thinking and speech. Here are 2 example videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MlzOtlMUGw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75eF1htaXhg Because your class is so large I would recommend breaking your class into smaller groups of around 10. After a round or 2 of spoken Story Chains, you could ask your students to take out papers and pencils and then write their stories down one sentence at a time while passing their papers around. I would have one peice of paper per student and have 42 different story chains going at the same time. Hope that helps, Kevin
Azadeh Lassman (4 months ago)
I teach an adult ESL class. Do you have any suggestions?
soghra gholikhani (4 months ago)
It was great .would you help me please to teach vocabulary with more additional games
xx (6 months ago)
how would i used it with more/most comparative/superlative
zaheema junaid (3 months ago)
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Easy ESL Games (6 months ago)
Great idea! I've only used this with lower levels. I'm thinking you could set it up like this: Hand the first student a vocabulary card with a cat on it. The language is "a cat is big" version #1 S1- a dog is bigger than a cat s2- a horse is bigger than a dog s3 - a hippo is bigger than a horse. version # 2 (change the surperlatives) S1- a dog is faster than a cat s2- a horse is larger than a dog s3 - a hippo is fatter than a horse. Hope that helps, Kevin
Chris Tucker (6 months ago)
How do you stop students cheating? Thanks.
Easy ESL Games (6 months ago)
I think theres always going to be some cheating in games like this. Either by kids skipping some of the language or not saying anything at all. I always do the game as 1 big group at the start to make sure everyone understands what theyre supposed to be saying. I often point out the types of cheating students do in the game to show that im watching for it. Apart from that Id just stand nearer the teams that cheat the most and call them on it. Mostly I dont take it too seriously because as long as they're speaking and having fun and don't really pay much attention to who wins and loses. We made a few videos about fun points systems and class control that may be of interest too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqTWREMxKSM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5q0Fp62pYs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6psMucLhVY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u179bxwIZBk&list=PLuCr2LbV5wYXtBcdqXzC_117JjGMFD275&index=15 Thanks for the comment!
Tasnim Kh (8 months ago)
my lesson is about technology how can I apply this in my lesson?
Easy ESL Games (8 months ago)
Hi Tasnim, thanks for reaching out. technology is a huge topic. Before I can give you any specific recommendations, I'll need to know the level of your students. If you're teaching elementary school students while using flashcards you could use target languages like "my favorite piece of technology is ________. As students pass the card between their teammate. If they are even older, you could start with a piece of paper and make everyone write the target sentence, then say it before passing it to the next student. I hope those help, if you want me to provide more detailed answers you'll need to tell me the age, level and target languages you're teaching. Technology can be taught in elementary school classes all the way up to university level so I'm a little lost about what to recommend. Regards - Kevin
Mai Thảo (8 months ago)
Very useful in my classes. Many thanks.
Easy ESL Games (8 months ago)
No problem Mai, have fun in class.
Andrew Coz (8 months ago)
Thanks a lot for sharing.
Easy ESL Games (8 months ago)
No worries, thanks for watching.

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