The GAME Episode!
The GAME Episode!
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GAMES, GAMES, GAMES, GAMES, GAMES . . .
Everybody wants to know what games they can play to make their language fun!
There are soooo many cool idea and opportunities for creating games to introduce your language.
You can make games for colours, animals, family, occasions, body parts, outings, food, home; you name it, you can make a game or activity for it.
BUT HOW DO YOU MAKE IT FUN?
All the answers are in this episode, where you'll discover:
* How to choose and use resources (and make them fun)
* 3 quick connection tips for totally engaging the children
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE CHOOSING A GAME
What story could I create around this game?
What will be the language theme?
Which words will I choose as feature words?
What cultural interjections and/or expressions would make it fun?
How can I ensure that all the kids are participating while waiting for their turn?
How can I make it funny?
3 CONNECTION TIPS (TO HAVE THE CHILDREN SUPER ENGAGED)
1. Create a Storyline around your game.
Whichever game you choose, you'll want to try to create a story around it (which may also explain the rules of play). The storyline will have an objective:
Save the pirate
Collect as many colour yellow as possible
Race the animals to their food
See how high we can make the tower
In the children's minds, they're playing a game with a goal.
They don't realise that the intention is actually for them to hear some new words in your language and use them as often as possible.
They're learning without "learning".
They're learning with a sense of discovery and delight!
2. Make sure everyone participates while waiting for their turn.
In turn-based games, it's really important that the children who are waiting for their turn are not getting bored. So always find ways to keep everyone involved the whole way through.
The best way to do this is by having words, expressions and gestures that are used as a group while one child is having a turn. (Hear some specific examples in the podcast).
Be creative and come up with some fabulous ways for all the kids to participate.
3. Add fun and humour
Ensuring that the games are FUN is a given.
Making aspects of the game FUNNY is the icing on top of the cake!
Whether it's funny faces, making deliberate mistakes (and pretending that it's an accident), or making the storyline funny, HUMOUR is will always be a BIG WINNER with the kids, so absolutely go for it! It's such a big connection point that will make the children love you, love your games, and want to come running back for more.
IF YOU HAVEN'T STARTED RUNNING YOUR OWN SESSIONS YET,
these tips will set you on your way to a really successful start.
If you're already running sessions, you may well be including these techniques without necessarily realising it. Or maybe they are new ideas that will add to your experiences.
Whatever stage you're at, keep going . . . you're adding so much to the world.
Find your voice. Be your voice. Continue to add value with your voice.
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