5 fun games for teaching a foreign language

Try these ideas for bringing some fun into your foreign language teaching. They can be adapted for use with almost any modern foreign language (MFL).

100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom - Brilliant Publications

100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom

  1. Fruit Salad
    • The children need to be sitting on chairs in a circle.
    • Give every child a word or phrase to remember, with each word allocated to more than one child.
    • Call out one of these and everyone responsible for it must get up and find a new seat.
    • Occasionally, call out ‘Fruit Salad’ and everyone must change places.
    • You could ask a child to stand in the centre of the circle and call out the words instead of you. This child should then try to take the place of one of the children who gets up. It is then the turn of this child to call out the words or phrases.
  1. Weather forecast
    • With a map as a reference, ask the children to pretend that they are on television and presenting a weather forecast.
    • Cut out weather shapes which can be moved around on the map to make it more authentic and interactive. This activity can also be done using an interactive whiteboard.
  1. Dressing up
    • If you are practising the words for clothes, try this fun game with willing children.
    • Provide two piles of clothes identical in type and colour.
    • Name an item of clothing and its colour.
    • A point goes to the team who correctly identifies and puts on the item of clothing first. This is guaranteed to have the children in fits of laughter.
  1. Fashion show
    • If your learners know the words for items of clothing and colours, ask the children to write a commentary for a fashion show and then perform it using dressing-up clothes.
    • They will have a lot of fun deciding which clothes to wear as they strut along the catwalk.
  1. On the phone
    • Try using two telephones and ask the children to sit back-to-back whilst holding a conversation. This makes the interaction more challenging, as there are no visual clues.
    • This is a particularly authentic setting for discussing the weather as normally you would never ask someone what the weather is like if you are in the same place.

For over 100 more fun ideas for teaching languages in primary schools get 100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom by Sue Cave, published by Brilliant Publications.

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