What’s Missing? is a fun and easy ESL game that helps to teach and reinforce new vocabulary in your ESL /EFL classroom.
To set the game up properly you should start by introducing your ESL / EFL lessons target vocabulary using the 2-1-0 method for learning flash cards quickly.
- What’s Missing? is an ESL game that works best with young learners however it can easily be adapted for more advanced students by simply adding and taking away more flashcards.
- The only materials required are a set of teacher sized flashcards and some magnets. With smaller classes relia works just as well if not better.
- A game of What’s Missing should take between 5 and 10 minutes including set-up (2-1-0).
How to play What’s Missing?:
- Start by choosing 7 vocabulary flashcards.
- Cycle through them using the 2-1-0 method for teaching vocabulary quickly.
- Put all of the cards on the blackboard using magnets.
- Review the 7 vocabulary items once more.
- Take the cards off the blackboard and remove 1.
- Put the 6 remaining cards back onto the board.
- Ask the class…”What’s Missing?“
- Repeat steps 5 – 7 while changing the cards you’ve removed from the original 7 vocabulary cards. Make a point of taking out an increasingly large number of cards.
This is a great quick game that require your ESL / EFL students to participate and think about newly learned language vocabulary.