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  • gnichols
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    • March 10, 2021, 08:38:26 am
    • South Korea
No Games in the Classroom
« on: February 28, 2022, 08:55:17 am »
Hey all,

Just started at an elementary school with EPIK. I've been teaching in Korea for a long time, but, first time at a school with EPIK. On the first day my CT explains that Ss aren't allowed to play games or participate in group activities b/c of Covid. How have you all dealt with this? Classes seems like a no-fun zone with these kinds restrictions in place (imo).


  • Kyndo
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    • March 02, 2027, 11:00:00 pm
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Re: No Games in the Classroom
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2022, 09:18:51 am »
Even you can't use overt games, you can still do plenty of them disguised as repetition drills etc.

By giving each row a team name, something as simple as having each student in the row repeat a target sentence can become a (relatively) exciting team-based timed competitions.

Here are some warm-up activities I use that you could pass off as not-a-game that don't required students to physically interact or leave their desks:
 Use timers for teams to make them competitive! I usually have the active team stand, with students sitting when they are done with their contribution.
- Snow ball: give first student a word, they need to make a new one using last letter of your word as the first of their own. 2nd student does the same thing etc.
- Stream of consciousness: show a random ppt photo. First student things of a related word, second student thinks of word related to 1st student's etc. ie apple-->red-->blood-->vampire
- Topics: Student 1 thinks of a topic, each student comes up with an example
- Shopping lists: student 1 says a vocab word. Student 2 repeats it and adds their own, student 3 repeats both and adds their own etc
- etc


  • gnichols
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    • March 10, 2021, 08:38:26 am
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Re: No Games in the Classroom
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2022, 10:18:21 am »
Even you can't use overt games, you can still do plenty of them disguised as repetition drills etc.

By giving each row a team name, something as simple as having each student in the row repeat a target sentence can become a (relatively) exciting team-based timed competitions.

Here are some warm-up activities I use that you could pass off as not-a-game that don't required students to physically interact or leave their desks:
 Use timers for teams to make them competitive! I usually have the active team stand, with students sitting when they are done with their contribution.
- Snow ball: give first student a word, they need to make a new one using last letter of your word as the first of their own. 2nd student does the same thing etc.
- Stream of consciousness: show a random ppt photo. First student things of a related word, second student thinks of word related to 1st student's etc. ie apple-->red-->blood-->vampire
- Topics: Student 1 thinks of a topic, each student comes up with an example
- Shopping lists: student 1 says a vocab word. Student 2 repeats it and adds their own, student 3 repeats both and adds their own etc
- etc

Great advice Kyndo, thank you!


  • hangook77
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Re: No Games in the Classroom
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2022, 07:30:42 am »
You can still do games and activities.  You just have to tweak them and do different ones because of covid.
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  • Kayos
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Re: No Games in the Classroom
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2022, 08:21:59 am »
I've been in this situation before, where 1 of my co-teachers wanted no games / fun activities, even before covid.
I just made funny examples in the ppts, or used pop culture stuff with them. Sometimes I used really obscure English stuff, to teach them something new. Most of my students enjoyed it, and always had a laugh at some of the slides.
I can branch out and do a little bit of fun now, though.


Re: No Games in the Classroom
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2022, 02:33:36 pm »
Seems you can play games as long as you maintain social distancing etc.

- You can do a last man standing reading/speaking game. Doesn't require to move around, they just stand up and down
-  If your students have access to the internet, online quiz sites are great (Kahoot and Quizizz are the most popular ones right now.)
- Classcard is another great site. It's for Korean schools and has games/quizzes/hunts for different textbooks, so you might not even have to make your own material, just tweak what's already available. Classcard is also great for independent learning.
- Make interactive worksheets where they can do word searches/crosswords etc. on Live Worksheets or Wizer
- Telepathy can also work if you just have ss write their answers on paper.
- Any group bomb game will still work, just have them stay seated and have 1 group answer a question at a time.
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