2 Great Games for English Practice at Home!

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“How can I support my child at home?
Play a game together! Try it today!

These days, many English learners have fewer opportunities to speak English outside of lessons. Providing opportunities to be exposed to English is essential for developing language skills. In place of social activities these days, TV, radio, YouTube, blogs, and the news are all great resources.

We use games to motivate learners. We adapt well known games for our lessons as well as make some of our own. We play these games both online and in person. Here are a couple for your family or your own students to enjoy playing. .

1. UNO
Almost anyone can play this game. All you have to do is have a list of challenges that corresponds with the card numbers. You can find words/phrases from books that your child is reading or from a movie they’ve watched. We often make funny sayings together in the lesson.


Here are 2 lists to get you started:



2. Connect 4:
With this one, you can practice a lot more target vocab. We like to mix in new words or idioms that challenge the student and some that spark funny conversation. You can adapt it to any level or age.

How to Play
1.Build up from the bottom by placing a tile or checker in the box.
2.Use the word from the box in a sentence if possible.
3. The first player to get 4 in a row (diagonally, vertically, horizontally) wins.

A video made with one of our students showing how we use “Connect Four” in class.

Here are some examples with a blank one for you to print out to fill in on your own.

If you would like to play the original but don’t have it here’s a link to Connect 4.

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Enjoy.