Friday, October 21, 2011


Using Games in English learning or teaching to the learning process more enjoyable. Here is a collection of learning games or games that can be given by teachers in learning English so that children learn to be more fun and more interactive.

1. Action Games

Children imitate the movement mentioned in the story. For example, for the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar (see appendix for full text and in the seminar witnessed his physical form) written by Eric Carle (can be downloaded from a personal website Eric Carl), we can re-reviewing the metamorphosis of the butterfly cycle by doing the following:
Eggs: tell the kids holding their knees and squat and threw their bodies as if they were eggs.
Caterpillars: move- like caterpillars.
Pupa: crawl into a sleeping bag (or if no one can be replaced with a sarong) equipped with a variety of colorful fabrics.
Butterfly: children emerge from the holster with flapping fabrics are colorful as if they were butterflies that had just hatched from the cocoon.

2. What's missing?

These games can be used to memorize vocabulary just learned / mentioned in the story but not with "traditional memorize". The trick is to use an image attached to the board. The number of images can be adjusted by the number of students but you should limit up to 10 images. Ask the children to see these pictures and try to remember it then ask them to close their eyes while it take a few pictures on the board. Then ask them to re-open your eyes and say what is lost. Ask "What 's missing?" On one student ask follow-up question with "Is he or SHE right?" If the number of students in the class a lot so they can be divided into two groups and do the procedure as above alternately by the teams . Every time a child from a team answers correctly, the team gets a point.

3. Simon Says

The images were created for the game over (2) can be used also for this game. How: "Simon says show me a plum!" "Simon says put the plums down" "" Simon says put the Oranges in the basket "

4. Hide and Seek

A child was asked to leave the classroom while others hide an item. Then the child is asked to come back and guess where the goods are hidden. Example: "Is it under the table?" This activity can be used to train the use of the preposition and the noun (noun).

5. Miming

A child may demonstrate an animal, work, or whatever he chose, other friends have to guess what they demonstrate it. Example: "Is it ...?" "Are you a ....?"

6. Bingo

prepares a picture and hangs it on the board. Then prepare a grid (a table containing 9 boxes /3X3). Ask the children to select multiple pictures that hung on the board was in a box that had been prepared earlier. One box a different picture. Once ready, appoint one of the pictures on the board randomly and say "This is a ....". ask the children to see their table and if they have the image they have to say "I" ve got a ... "and then close the box with paper / dice / etc. A child who managed to cover the entire box is the winner of this Bingo game.

7. Whisper race

Children are divided into several teams. One child from each team is given a list of words they have memorized and then whisper (whisper) to a friend behind the words. Then the next child must do the same until the last child in the team. Then the children that last bit should see the original list and compare what is missing or changed.


A child starts the game by saying "I went to market and Bought a pie." The next child must continue to add one more item in the sentence. "I went to market and Bought a pie and chocolate cake." Do the same thing to the next child. Conclusion of fun activities through games is a necessity in teaching English to children, but keep in mind lest we get stuck in a state of "critical child happy and crowded". Always pay attention to the process of learning and language acquisition that can be developed through these activities, one of them by making lesson plan carefully planned taking into account students' backgrounds and conditions.

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