English as a Second Language, or ESL, is a term that refers to students who speak a language other than English as their native tongue. For ESL Kindergarten students, games and activities are a creative way to teach them English. Help ESL kids learn English and adapt to new environments with fun activities that promote language acquisition and development.
Prepare small note cards with recent vocabulary words or phrases like eating, running and skipping rope. Fold the note cards in half and place them in a sack or a hat. Gather the students together on the floor and divide them into two equal teams. Ask one child from each group to come forward and pick a card from the sack. Whisper the word to each child and ask them to act out the word for their group. The first group to guess the word wins a point. This a fun way to get the children moving and reviewing English words.
Use colourful, visually stimulating alphabet flashcards for this game. For example, the "A" flashcard may have a picture of an apple or an ant on it to help students remember the letter. Gather students together on the floor and randomly select flashcards from a pile. Hold one card up at a time and reward the student who correctly identifies the letter first with a sticker or other small prize. Ask the children to think of as many words as possible that begin with that letter. This helps students identify letters of the alphabet and learn vocabulary.
To help students learn animal identification and vocabulary, make a giant dice out of an old tissue box by gluing white paper to each side. Draw different animals on each side and write the name of the animal underneath the drawing. Gather students together in a open area and allow them to take turns rolling the dice. Instruct the children to shout out the name of the animal that lands face up on the dice and to act like that animal for a minute or two. For example, if the dice lands on the chicken, they yell out "chicken!" and then squawk and cluck around the room.
Teach ESL kindergartners vocabulary and sentence structure with a fruit toss game. Ask students to stand up at their desks or in an open area. Toss a piece of plastic fruit to a student and ask her a question about the fruit such as "What is it?" or "What colour is it?" The student answers the question then tosses the fruit back to you. Continue the game giving each student a chance to answer a question.
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