I’m not sure the kids will prefer it to chocolate, but Stephanie found a great site for practicing vocabulary.
Learning Chocolate has the typical vocabulary groups (weather, animals, clothing, action verbs) but it also has more advanced vocabulary such as hairstyles, Greek god symbols and internal organs. Most of these advanced categories could be used to introduce vocabulary to the higher-level students, and then be used as speaking and writing prompts. The best thing to do is to go to the main page and check it all out.
On the first page of each category is a list of about 10 words, with pictures and written words (go ahead and work on the students’ spelling). There are also three “games”, the second of which usually doesn’t involve audio. In any case, there’s also a cloze exercise (“fill in”) to do.
P.S. If you end up with very difficult students (read: adults) who are floundering, you can also change the language at the top of the page: switch “use” to Chinese and “learn” to English. We really don’t recommend doing this unless it’s absolutely necessary to get the student to understand, though.
Awesome new game site for everyone! (Thanks, Stephanie!) An easy way to introduce the boring-but-necessary vocabulary.
Crocodile Games would be great for Beginners and Levels 1 and 2. The games with the light green backgrounds depend on audio (you’ll have to repeat what the game says), and the games with the dark green backgrounds depend on reading.
The Memory Games are just like the ones on Hangmouse website; best of all, they have a Colours game for those who can’t get the old one to work!
If you have older students at lower levels (or scurvy scalliwags of any age), you can also play Pirate games.
Levels 2 and 3–and maybe even 4–may like the Spelling games.
Levels 4 and 5 can beat their heads against the Connector games.
Of course, nothing is perfect: the Crocodile games have annoying background music that I can’t seem to get rid of on my computer. The Pirate games, though, were nice and silent. 🙂
There’s a new games site called MES games. The games can be used for Beginners to Level 3. For each subject, there’s Learn and Review, Vocabulary, Spelling, Questions and Grammar. Looks like it would be really good for the younger crowds (5-10).
Let us know if any games work particularly well for you.