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Celso Távora
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Hi, everyone.
This is my first post, so please be nice.

I've been teaching English for 17 years, and I love it.
I use games on a regular basis in class (all levels, all kinds of students) and I usually get great results. So, what I'm asking here is suggestions for games which can improve my students' vocabulary and speaking skills. Keep in mind that I've already tried Scrabble, Taboo, Guesstures and Pictionary.

Thanks in advance,
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I think Word Blur might be a good choice. it's a bit like pictionary with words. Players are divided into teams. One player on each team reads the word, then the clue-givers start arranging words to try to get the other members of their team to guess the word they're pointing at. A good vocabulary helps, but being able to envision the clues can also be useful.

To just encourage fluency, I think Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game might be a good choice. Players tell a story and play cards from their hands as elements of the story match their card. The goal is to make a coherent story and arrive at your happy ending. Other players can interrupt the story if they have a card referencing one of the elements you use or if the current storyteller gets stuck.
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Thank you!
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I used to teach English to Russian children. I think what you want are not games with words, but games that teach basic phrases. For example, one of the phrases we would teach the kids were to express wants. I want, he wants, you want, etc. So we would color, but I would hold all the crayons. If they wanted one, they would have to ask. This taught them colors as well.

So you want a game that requires interaction in a certain way. Lost Cities is a great game, but my wife and I will sometimes play for 30 minutes without saying hardly anything. A game like Settlers of Catan, on the other hand, requires a lot of talking. "Who has sheep," " I need stone", etc.

Just a few 'talking games' off the top of my head.

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Thanks a lot!
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Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game would be my first choice
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I'm surprised that so far no one has mentioned:

Apples to Apples Junior

or possibly even

Apples to Apples

(although the former removes some of the more unusual words


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Have you tried this thread already?
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/150/forum/1
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All great suggestions above! I'd also look at My Word!...

Can I also suggest checking out the Games for Educators website - they have a competition running at the moment, you might be interested!

I write for them as well as run the Teaching Strategies Podcast you can listen to over there - so of course I am biased But I still think that if you are a teacher, homeschooler or interested parent it is worth checking out (and of course I would love to see some of your stories in the forums over there too)!

Cheers,

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What about Taboo?
It will force players to use non-standard words to describe something.
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Seconded. I also use Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box for teaching how to apply arguments. You will learn a lot of "useful" words not very often applied in everyday life (elves, trolls, swamps etc ) but it is a fun way to blame someone else or defend yourself without getting on a personal level.
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The Iced One wrote:
Have you tried this thread already?
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/150/forum/1


Gonna take a good look at it. Even though I'm seeking more language-school activities, this thread must have something I can adapt.

Thanks!
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NeonBlue wrote:
What about Taboo?
It will force players to use non-standard words to describe something.


Taboo is a classic in the language school I teach. I want different things.
But thanks, we've had lots of laughs so far with it.
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Seconded. I also use Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box for teaching how to apply arguments. You will learn a lot of "useful" words not very often applied in everyday life (elves, trolls, swamps etc ) but it is a fun way to blame someone else or defend yourself without getting on a personal level.


Looks wonderful. Do they have it in English? My Italian too bad.

Thanks a lot!
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen which has recently been reprinted (with a kids version) is a game which requires a fair bit of speech. It may be OK for the more advanced students.
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celsotavora wrote:
cookieeemonster wrote:
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Seconded. I also use Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box for teaching how to apply arguments. You will learn a lot of "useful" words not very often applied in everyday life (elves, trolls, swamps etc ) but it is a fun way to blame someone else or defend yourself without getting on a personal level.


Looks wonderful. Do they have it in English? My Italian too bad.

Thanks a lot!


We have the German version which I use to teach conversational German, but I have the mayor terms translated so that I can use them in English trainings as well. I only do 1-1 trainings so far but I assume this could be good fun in a larger circle as well.
 
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When I worked with HS/College age Russian ESL students, one of the activities that went over well was using one of the How to Host a Murder sets. You can often find those used or cheap. It was a good activity for more advanced students and felt like a real reward for them as they played.
 
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