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Today we had a workshop in Shinjuku Tokyo right outside the Ministry of Defence!
One of the requests for was for some card games using the Mini Cards. Now to be honest I don’t really like card games as although they are really fun, the kids tend to spend more time sorting out the cards than speaking English. But if you really have to use them….
* Then you could try the Do you have.. ? Card Game
But as you can see from the video below, you really have to have really good control over the class as otherwise it just turns into chaos!
Shut it down!
I also have no hesitation in shutting a game down right away if the kids stop listening – even the teachers below were a bit surprised!
It is important as otherwise no English gets practiced.
If you forget a rule…
Part way through I noticed I’d forgotten an important rule “Only English during the game” (of course it’s important to use the kids’ native language when explaining the game, but not during the game!)
The clap technique that I show in the Beginner’s Workshop Video doesn’t work when they have cards in their hands, so I had to teach them another class control technique!
Normally you would do only one game for one lesson, but seeing as the teachers wanted to see some more games we just re-used the same English with Island Hopping
And then the minicards version of the Leapfrog Game:
So as you can see I’m not a big fan of card games in class! I much prefer “no preparation” games like the ones I wrote up in the Genki English Manual as the kids spend way more time actually speaking.
But what do you think? Answers in the comments please!