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language games during private English tuition


Perhaps one of the best ways to improve language comprehension is by introducing a couple of fun and easy language games into the lesson. On this page I want to share with you what I feel are some of the most effective. The angle I have gone with here are games which are going to be best suited to the younger child, although I am sure that the older one will have a ton of fun with these as well. So without further ado, let's jump in shall we?

Perhaps one of the best games I have discovered for language development is a simple game of 'eye spy'. This involves the tutor pointing out the name of something in the room using the first letter. For example, if they were pointing out a notebook in the room, it would be 'I spy with my little eye something beginning with N', and then the student will have to locate the item in the room using the target language. It can be quite fun, and of course the student will be able to use words as well when  they 'win'. Of course, what you can describe in the room is only going to limited, but it is great fun for a younger child.

Memory games with flashcards are pretty fun too. Here you will have a selection of flash cards. One set will have the target language on them, and the other will have the translation in the native language. These are all laid down flat, and it is a game where you need to find pairs. This also incorporates memory skills, which are incredibly important if you want to teach somebody a language, after all, the strength of their memory is a key part of the process.

The next game is probably suitable for an older child who has a good grasp of the English language already. This game is called 'don't say yes', where you literally cannot say yes to a question. Instead you need to come up with a sentence that describes your answer without using words such as 'yes' and 'sure' etc. It can be pretty fun, and it is a good way to get the student to start to string long sentences to one another. It also great to see how well they have come along in their tuition, so it is going to be fun for the private tutor too!

The final game I wish to highlight is called 'word association'. This is where the tutor and the students take it in turns to give a word. The catch is, the next word in the list needs to be closely associated with the previous one, for example, dog, followed by bark, followed by tree. It can be quite difficult later on, but it is a great way to try out some vocabulary.

Of course, this is just a small smattering of word games that you can play during your private tuition sessions. As you can see, the majority of these games will make learning fun, and they certainly will help build up vocabulary levels!

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