If you’re looking for a fun way to elicit some vocabulary words from your students, you’ve come to the right place. This is a quick activity that requires nothing in the way of preparation. And the best part? The students think it’s fun.
Here’s how you can use it as a quick warm-up or lead-in for your English lesson.
I’m an Alien: ESL Speaking Activity for Kids
Materials Required: None
I love a no-prep, no-materials ESL speaking activity for kids, and students always enjoy this one. You begin class by telling the students you are an alien. You landed just a few minutes earlier, right outside the school. Since you are new here, you don’t know a lot of words, and you need some help.
You can create a mission scenario, and elicit vocabulary that will help you. Maybe you want to send a letter telling your mother you arrived safely. You can elicit pen, paper, stamp, envelope, post office. Maybe you need to meet someone in another part of the school, such as the cafeteria. You can elicit types of rooms in a school (hall, bathroom, library, etc) as well as direction words.
It works really well as an ESL warm-up activity and you have 2 choices:
- Use it as a review of the previous class material.
- Use it as a lead-in for whatever you’re studying that class. Students often know some of the vocabulary and it can be extremely useful to activate their prior knowledge at the beginning of the class.
Procedure for I’m an Alien:
- Begin class by telling the students you are an alien. Since you are new here, you don’t know a lot of words, and you need some help.
- Create a mission scenario, and elicit vocabulary that will help you complete it. For example, you want to send a letter telling your mother you arrived safely. You can elicit pen, paper, stamp, envelope, and post office.
- You can give a student a chance to be the alien, if you would like to extend the activity.
Like this ESL Speaking Activity for Kids?
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Need Another Quick ESL Warmer for Kids?
Check out, Yes, No, Stand-Up for another one of those no-prep games that kids like. You can learn more about it in this video:
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