The follow blogpost is about my top 3 games/activities for Young Learners to encourage speaking in class and prepare students for Cambridge Exams (Starters, Movers, Flyers).
1. I spy with my little eyes…..
This is a classic and works really well with younger kids.
– A student/teacher chooses an object/person from the picture in his/her mind and says something like 'I spy with my little eyes something yellow/something starting with the letter P'.
– Students have to find the object the student/teacher had in mind.
- I spy + colour
- I spy + description.
This activity can help students prepare for the speaking tasks in which they're asked questions about two of the people or things in the scene picture. 'What this? (Answer: Duck). What colour is it? (Brown). It's great for practising vocabulary and revising colours.
2. Find the picture:
– Divide the students into pairs or teams.
– Give a picture to each team or pair and ask them to look at the pictures and try to remember as much as possible.
– Then get ss to write a description about 1-2 objects/people from each picture (for example: There is a man with yellow trousers, sitting on the bench).
– The teacher collect the pics and turns them around so students can't see them, ss take turns to read out their description.
– The team that remembers the right picture gets the point.
Once thet get the hang of it get students to play in pairs and say their description on the spot.
Exams: This activity can help students prepare for the speaking tasks in which they been asked to put objects card in various locations on the scene. e.g. Put the flower next to the house'. This activity is great for practising prepositions of place.
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3. Draw the picture.
Again this is another great activity. A student describes and the other student draws.
– Adjust students seats arrangement so that students are facing each other.
– Give student A a picture/ or display the picture on a screen.
– Student A describes the picture to Student B and Student B draws listening to Students A's instructions.
– Once students finished Students B are allowed to look at the screen/ picture and compare.
Exam: This activity can prepare students for describing pictures, using prepositions and target vocabulary. Also, it's fun and engaging.
Visuals from this activity: The black and white visuals are taken from the sample paper Cambridge handbook.
For Lower level:
For higher levels:
Spot the differences:
Give ss a set of pictures and ask them not to show their picture. Students describe what they have in the picture in order to spot the differences, once students have found the differences get them to think of a story based on the pictures they have and share it with in class. I've made the visuals myself, my students loved the pics :). This activity is mostly for Flyers.
For more resources you could use the speaking cards from any Young Learners Cambridge exam.
Exam: This activity can help students prepare for the tasks in which they are asked to describe several differences between two pictures. Also, it can help them with the task in which they have to continue the story.
Feel welcome to share your ideas and any games you play with your students :). More ideas are coming up soon related to young learners and Cambridge exams 🙂