Today we will talk about 3 quick ESL games to teach directions suitable for kids, teens, and adults. As mentioned, these games are quick and bring in all three to the class to make ESL direction lessons even more interesting.
This is as simple as lining up (as if students getting on the train) behind the teacher. Now they need to control the train using the target language for example “go straight”. For each command they give, the train moves one step towards the direction.
Even though there aren’t any physical activity here, but students, specifically kids, love this quick ESL game. First, draw a narrow crossroad on the board and at the bottom draw a car. Then ask someone to come and drive the car but he or she has to listen to the direction that others give. So choose someone (or the whole class) to for example say “Go straight then turn left”. The funny part is when a student gives a strange direction such as “turn left go straight” then the car crashes to the wall as they can’t turn left before getting to the crossroad
On our third quick ESL game, you can review or teach right and left. First have students stand in a way that they enough space between them to wide open their arms. For warming up, side to right and shout right. Encourage them to say it with you. Then lean left and shout left. As you repeat speed up and then suddenly says stop. Elicit the word “stop” in case they didn’t know what to do. For the game itself, you turn towards the students and give the commands. This way you would be sure that they are not only following you but actually know which side to go without help
For sure there is no problem teaching adults and teenagers especially using these ESL games. However, teaching directions to very young learners it comes with some challenges. As they might not be very familiars even in their own language so it’s always the best to start with saying “left” or “right” in the language they speak then use the opportunity to teach the English version. It is best not to make it complicated and bring too many direction vocabularies.
There is no limit on the number of students. These are the best ESL games for the whole class to be engaged, learn, and have lots of fun.
Enjoy these 3 quick ESL games for teaching ESL directions vocabulary. Also, check out this link for another game to teach directions. Have fun!