Living in Asia for the past five years of my life… I have learned many things. One of those things that would never work in Canada, but works surprising well in Asia is this ESL Game:
The Pop Up Pirate Barrel Game
Teaching English in Asia can and is meant to be very rewarding. It can change your life and open yourself up to new cultures. There is no better way to meet new people and be introduced to new people than by having fun with people.
One fun way to get students/friends in a good mood is to play a fun game.
This ESL game is called the Pop Up Pirate Barrel Game.
Any ESL teacher can use this game to liven up a class; or they can use it as an end to a long hard class. In this game you have a plastic barrel with 48 slots cut out of the barrel and a pirate in the hole of the middle on the top of the barrel.
There are four different color plastic swords: Red, green, blue and yellow swords. This game is designed to have 4 teams. So the teacher will divide the class into four different teams. The teacher will eventually give the red team the red swords; the blue team the blue swords; the yellow team the yellow swords and the green team the green swords. But before you give out the swords it is recommended that you ask every student some English questions before you give them the swords.
After the ESL teacher has asked all the students questions, and the students have all answered them correctly you can begin to play the game.
One ESL student per team gets to put one sword into one slot. The red team goes, then the blue team, then the yellow team and the green team goes last.
If the student chooses the slot that makes the Pirate jump out of the barrel -that team wins the game.
You can also play ~ every time that one team makes the Pirate jump out of the Barrel; that team gets one point.
Be creative with this game. Do whatever works best for class! Have fun and Teach English!