ESP is a fantastically simple classroom game that let's you practice up to 25 vocabulary items at the same time while incorporating a target language.
All you have to do is pick a card and focus on it. Then use your telepathy skills to pass that answer on to your students. If by chance your ESP skills aren't up to par....fake it! You'll have a blast pretending!
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Here's How To Play ESP:
1. Pre-teach your vocabulary cards and the target language you’ll be using.
2. Slowly place all of your vocabulary cards on the floor or blackboard. Each time you add a new card use the games language “Do I want a boat?” “Do I want a teddy bear?”
3. Pick one card in your head and remember it. Now ask the target question “What do I want?”.
4. This is the hard part. You have to convince your class that you’re trying to send them the answer with the use of ESP. Basically you have to look at your students with a look of complete concentration on your face while touching your forehead.
5. Ask the target question again “What do I want?"
6. Then model the answer so that your students figure out how to play. Do you want a boat? Do you want a helicopter? One student will figure out what you’re doing within a few seconds and then their classmates will follow their lead. If a student doesn’t use the full target sentence, model it again. “Do you want a teddy bear?” Prompt the student to repeat after you and when they do, give them a high 5 so that the entire class figures how to play.
7. When a student guesses your card correctly, congratulate them and then quickly start another round of ESP.
8. After a few rounds of ESP remove yourself from the game and let your students take turns being the teacher. I find that this game works best if you keep it to under 5 minutes of class time. Like every game, if you notice that it is starting to get boring. Stop playing so that you can use the game again in the future.
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