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Unread Mar 1st, 2009, 08:33 am
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Default Large Group Activities - Sports Theme

What have I gotten myself into!

I am required to teach a large group of up to 100 students in my local community gym. The students will include mostly elem school kids and their parents and even some grandparents! So it will be very mixed. They hope to achieve fun sport-like activities in English.

I have a lot of ideas for English activities, but I am struggling to fit the sports theme into it, most sports events don't require a lot of communication! This even will run for 90 minutes without any break.

If you guys have any ideas I'd love to hear from you. Thanks a bunch!
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Unread Mar 2nd, 2009, 07:46 am
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Default Re: Large Group Activities - Sports Theme

Try this thread BigDaikon.com • View topic - Large Group Activities - Sports Theme

maybe you'll find some ideas there.
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Default Re: Large Group Activities - Sports Theme

Seriously though, it would really help if you offered your ideas for what you were planning to do. then we could give our ideas on how that might not work or how you could improve them.

Just offering up the idea of planning your lesson, while appealing, sounds a bit like .... work.

there are some ideas for large class activities here as well
Teacher Discussion Forums :: View topic - Some Advice on Large Classes
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Default Re: Large Group Activities - Sports Theme

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Seriously though, it would really help if you offered your ideas for what you were planning to do. then we could give our ideas on how that might not work or how you could improve them.Just offering up the idea of planning your lesson, while appealing, sounds a bit like .... work.there are some ideas for large class activities here as well
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That other strange forum you mentioned seems to be full of golden ideas and interesting people, but they seem a little disingenuous.

I was thinking of doing all those popular kindergarten games like fruit basket, flash card relay races, super junken, follow me/do what I do, dengon game etc. But they don't fit the theme very well. Thanks for any advice you might have! There must some great sporty/ Englishy games idea out there, but they aren't popping into my head yet.
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Default Re: Large Group Activities - Sports Theme

there's a baseball game here somewhere and one here
ESL baseball game, conversational activity, printable baseball cards and supporting downloads

But with that number of people, I imagine it would be difficult to work in much English at all.

How about a categories soft volleyball game? Just have the server choose a category like colors, fruit, vegetables, actions, ... and each time a team hits the ball the player has to say a word from that category.

Since you have a large audience span, you might make it so that it's OK to repeat the word another player used.

Anyway, you could have a few games going at once and that ought to get most of your 'students' in the game.
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I found the baseball game from eslHQ
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