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Whiteboard Games Help in ESL Classes

A traditional whiteboard is a good tool for teaching students in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. That’s according to teacher Claudia Pesce in her Busy Teacher blog.

“With all of the technology we have at our fingertips and information that travels at lightning speed on the Internet, it’s nice to go back to basic tools like our trusty whiteboard,” she writes.

Pesce cites 10 games that can be played with the aid of a whiteboards – all with teaching goals in mind.

The games include a version of the popular TV show Jeopardy, where the whiteboard is divided up into columns for vocabulary categories.

Another is a version of the board game Pictionary. Students take turns drawing words, actions and situations on the whiteboard. Others guess what is being drawn.

A fun one is the use of suction cup balls. For one of these games, a student throws the ball at the board and then has to give a word that starts with the letter or syllable that the ball stuck to.

Pesce’s other list of learning games includes Hangman, Tic Tac Toe, Hot Seat, Earthquake, Barnyard Dash, Writing Race, and Backs to the Board.

See the descriptions of all of the games at her Busy Teacher blog.