English Language Teaching – Using Toys as Educational Tools


Children like to play. Who can deny it? So why not use this common attribute to offer and promote English language studying as effectively? If you do, you may hardly go mistaken. What baby goes to say, “Teacher, I don’t want to play”? Sure, it is finally potential – however so is a power 5 twister in South America or an “Armageddon-level earthquake in Tibet. Just do not maintain your breath whilst you’re ready.

Toys of every type and sorts can be found worldwide. Why not flip this to your benefit to encourage your younger learners? For that matter, your not-so-younger learners may gain advantage too; particularly these learners who’re “young at heart”, for these of you who may be instructing grownup learners. Let’s have a look at some “realia” or “toys” which might be generally accessible and could possibly be known as into play. (pun meant)

o Stuffed animals and dolls –

A perennial learner favourite even my most mature grownup college students surrender an “Awww”, each time I whip out the likes of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Tigger, rabbit, pet, Teddy or others of my stuffed animal menagerie. You can simulate conversations, use them as an example prepositions of place and place, as flip-taking gadgets or to “replace” learners in a recreation or exercise. They (the stuffed animals) do not thoughts being tossed round both.

o Soft rubber or inflated ball –

How a classroom may perform with out at the least one in every of these is past me. One learner can “select” one other in a mill drill, TPR or group exercise by merely tossing the ball to another person. That method the instructor will not “play favorites” throughout the exercise. A ball can be utilized in a relay style to sign the subsequent learner in a sequence or recreation. If it is dropped or mis-dealt with, no drawback, it simply bounces a few occasions or so earlier than returning to the sport. Neat, huh?

o Cars, vans and different Vehicles –

Learners can “drive” to locations in a neighborhood, from one a part of the room to a different or from one place on a recreation board to a different. Small ones can serve as place markers in a board recreation, whereas bigger ones can be utilized as props in dialogues, function performs and conversations. Don’t overlook about utilizing them for grammar and verb follow actions both. And oh sure, ladies as effectively as boys like them too. Adults? Well I’ve to look at my automobile props fastidiously or the grownup learners will “steal” them!

o Board video games –

You actually solely want a small collection of board video games you probably have even a shred of creativeness. Two or three will work properly. Some all-time favorites are ones like “Scrabble”, “Monopoly”, “Checkers” and “Chess” which each use the identical alternately coloured squares board. Use the boards to “create” your individual video games too. Don’t overlook a deck or two of Playing Cards both. No, not for Poker, however for easier, sooner-enjoying video games like “War”, “Fish” or “21” (numbers – not Blackjack!)

Please notice:

I’m not a proponent of utilizing weapons or simulations of firearms of any sort within the classroom – not even water pistols. No bats, hitting, or aggressive habits selling realia of any sort usually enters my studying environments. True you may get aggressive habits from a number of the toys I’ve talked about, but it surely’s simply squashed or put down with out an excessive amount of bother. I simply clarify to the learners what’s allowed and what’s not. This after all, is not at all an exhaustive record. I’m certain you will give you lots of your individual domestically-accessible favorites to be used in your classroom. In reality, you probably have some uncommon or distinctive realia that you just use, I’d love to listen to about it.

Drop me a line at: lynchlarrym@gmail.com.

And good luck.


Source by Larry M. Lynch

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