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  • Zane Night
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Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:58:00 pm »
I'm looking for afterschool / English club suggestions for my boys middle school.
I teach middle school but any suggestions are appreciated. My afterschool meets 3 times a week.
 I'm expecting attendance to vary from 3-8 students each class.
The students are intermediate level. Thanks!  ;D
Native English Teacher
Jangheung-eup, Boys Middle School


  • GregoryTeacher
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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2018, 08:11:04 am »
I'm attempting a Dungeons and Dragons afterschool class. Failing that, Catan, cards, and other tabletop games that require exchanging information in English. I want it to be a mostly unstructured class because A) they never get that normally, and it's a great time to get to know them and for them to ask questions and B) I don't have time for two or three more lessons each week.

I think RPG and fantasy are interesting to most of my students, so I'm hoping it will take. There's a DnD Camp posted elsewhere on this site.


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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2018, 08:37:01 am »
Urgh I'm in this boat.

My school have decided that my extremely low level, unmotivated middle school boys need a 90 minute afterschool class once a week. It's kind of insane imo it's far too long for a class of uninterested soccer players, who routinely throw chairs at each other during their 45 minute classes...but there you go.


I'm hoping whatever suggestions you get I can just tweak for my low level kids.


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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 11:57:28 am »
I had one last year that was a total disaster because the students were 1st graders and 3rd graders mixed boys and girls. Most were fairly high level, but the 3rd graders were really interested in discussion based lessons and there was no way the 1st graders were ready for that. Oh and there were 23 of them. AND the girls and boys refused to work together when I tried to get some mixed lessons happening. It was total mayhem trying to keep all of them interested and engaged. The things that worked best for me were whole class games. We did Mafia (very entertaining!), M&M race (they have to move M&Ms one by one with chopsticks from a plate into a cup - not much English involved, but they LOVED it and didn't mind mixed teams), and I also did a 5 senses lesson where we did things like feeling what's in the sock and trying to guess, optical illusions, and tasting food colored Pocari Sweat.

If I were in your situation, I would focus on getting them up and out of their chairs and being active.
That reminds me of another game that worked REALLY well for me: Do you love your neighbor? Have them sitting in chairs in a circle with one less chair per players. Then one person stands in the middle and approaches someone sitting. They ask them "Do you love your neighbor?" And if that person says, "Yes" then the people on either side of them have to try and switch places with the person standing trying to sit in one of the empty seats. If they say, "No" then the person standing asks, "Who do you love?" The person sitting must say something like "People wearing glasses" or "People with white socks." You can also go Meta and have them say things like "People on the soccer team" but I like to go with things we can actually see because it prevents cheating.

OK, 1 more suggestion -
What happens next? games. Play a clip or gif where something crazy will happen. Then pause it and have the students bet a certain amount on what they think will happen. My students loved this because often, it was really silly stuff that was going to happen and the choices were crazy and slightly unbelievable. They really loved the betting and had them start out with $50. They could only bet half of what they had in the bank at a time. One student got every single one right and got up to like $3000 or something.

Anyway, good luck!
« Last Edit: March 14, 2018, 12:05:44 pm by AnnVentures »


Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 02:53:16 pm »
I had one last year that was a total disaster because the students were 1st graders and 3rd graders mixed boys and girls. Most were fairly high level, but the 3rd graders were really interested in discussion based lessons and there was no way the 1st graders were ready for that. Oh and there were 23 of them. AND the girls and boys refused to work together when I tried to get some mixed lessons happening. It was total mayhem trying to keep all of them interested and engaged. The things that worked best for me were whole class games. We did Mafia (very entertaining!), M&M race (they have to move M&Ms one by one with chopsticks from a plate into a cup - not much English involved, but they LOVED it and didn't mind mixed teams), and I also did a 5 senses lesson where we did things like feeling what's in the sock and trying to guess, optical illusions, and tasting food colored Pocari Sweat.

If I were in your situation, I would focus on getting them up and out of their chairs and being active.
That reminds me of another game that worked REALLY well for me: Do you love your neighbor? Have them sitting in chairs in a circle with one less chair per players. Then one person stands in the middle and approaches someone sitting. They ask them "Do you love your neighbor?" And if that person says, "Yes" then the people on either side of them have to try and switch places with the person standing trying to sit in one of the empty seats. If they say, "No" then the person standing asks, "Who do you love?" The person sitting must say something like "People wearing glasses" or "People with white socks." You can also go Meta and have them say things like "People on the soccer team" but I like to go with things we can actually see because it prevents cheating.

OK, 1 more suggestion -
What happens next? games. Play a clip or gif where something crazy will happen. Then pause it and have the students bet a certain amount on what they think will happen. My students loved this because often, it was really silly stuff that was going to happen and the choices were crazy and slightly unbelievable. They really loved the betting and had them start out with $50. They could only bet half of what they had in the bank at a time. One student got every single one right and got up to like $3000 or something.

Anyway, good luck!

Thanks for this. I just started at a middle school and they told me that I will be having an hour long English Club once a week. since it's voluntary I know its gonna be mixed levels of possibly all grades and i was kinda nervous about it. You Rock Dude <3
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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2018, 03:14:14 am »
Boys only.  Something sports related, computer game related??  Some board games cafe to encourage free talking but strictly in English?


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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 08:59:45 am »
The what happens next would probably work well for my class, anyone got any links to places with some good examples? I know they'd get a kick out of it, particularly with the betting element.

Love your neighbour has really mixed results for me, they get so bored of it after ten minutes in most cases. It's a great ice breaker with a new class though.


I just had mine playing Pictionary because we were reviewing where is ___? what is he/she doing there?
I had each kid write down a place on a piece of paper and an action on a different colored piece. Folded them up and mixed them and they had to take turns to pick one of each and draw whatever it was for their team to guess. They loved it...especially when crazy ones came up like "Roller skating on the moon".

This wasn't actually my afterschool class...just my other crazy middle school boys. I will probably try it with my afterschool class though because it worked so well.


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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 09:06:25 am »
Ooh actually I've had a few successful weeks (and trust me my boys are low level and have massive behaviour issues so this is a big deal for me lol)


One week we did a lesson about comics and the different styles...then I had them do their own "Dinosaur comics" examples (look at the website it's awesome).

 The next week we did recipes and instructions and I had them create a recipe in comic book style. They chose simple food like ramen and Kimbap.

The next week we cooked. We made instant ramen...I had them walk me through each of the steps...literally everything "Peel back lid, boil water etc". Then we made No bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate bars (a suggestion on another thread...props to that person). First I showed them the recipe all mixed up and they had to unscramble the steps. I did all of this with absolutely no oven or microwave. I just had a kettle lol. Worked SO WELL i had other students peeking into the class and trying to join us and eat haha.

I've also played beer pong (no beer of course) in previous weeks and that worked well too. I did it like a bomb game and when their team answered a question correctly they got a shot.


Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2018, 04:06:01 pm »
That sounds so good! How did you make the peanut butter chocolate bars with no microwave? I have a kettle and want to try this with my middle school boys!


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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2018, 09:45:49 am »
This is the recipe I used... https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/07/02/no-bake-reeses-peanut-butter-bars/

We basically just mix the ingredients together (We softened the butter and chocolate etc in a bowl over a bowl of boiling water) then stick it in the freezer.

They were delicious but I got like one because they were gone so fast haha.


Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 02:49:23 pm »
Thanks


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Re: Afterschool English Club suggestions? Middle School Boys
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2019, 02:03:22 pm »
My co-teacher suggested a "Screen English" Club where we can watch movies  and TV shows in English and I will come up with comprehension questions at the end.