Photo Scavenger Hunts are Fun for Teaching English with EFL Students
- Photo Scavenger Hunts
Bringing back traditional scavenger hunts, but with a wee twist! Rhyming riddle hunts get everyone thinking, while the adrenaline surges from their desire to win. We offer affordable, downloadable photo scavenger hunts along with detailed suggestions
Stuck for what to do?
Are you finding holidays difficult to fill with fun activities, or been stuck for something to fill in a class where the plan has flunked. Well, the answer could be a basic traditional scavenger hunt or photo scavenger hunt. These are fun and active, meaning most kids love them. As it often reminds them of hunting for treasure, a small prize at the end can have your kids learning English and loving it. With TEFL, there are many areas of English that you need to teach and many word sets for vocabulary focused classes.
All these variations can be used for scavenger hunting. An example would be where you describe (simply) a sport, then have the students have to find the equipment and pose for that sport. When they return to you with the photo, you can then make them use a set phrase before you give them the next clue. This can increase both their vocabulary knowledge and also their ability to actually use that vocabulary in a sentence. The need to win will MAKE them WANT to remember the phrases, rather than the 'listen and repeat' method which tends to work on some and washes over others without actually entering their brains.
If your students are more advanced, you can even take this further by making each team create the cards. They work in small groups, finding new things and then either describing them or writing directions to find them. This means that they have to know what an object is, as when they eventually compete, the teams must return with both the photo and also the name/spelling of the object that they have found. The extra involvement in this activity is fantastic for learning purposes, but please don't even try to squeeze this activity into a 30minute slot ... as you should allow at least an hour, preferably 1.5 hours.
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