Accessible here, this is a fantastic set of resources for creating interactive exercises and games. I’ve used them for ESOL and also for teaching Spanish, but they are really customisable and could probably used for almost any subject.
They were created by the Content Workshop at Barking and Dagenham College and have been used by staff in a number of areas around the college. You can find more information about the content workshop here: http://www.barkingcollege.ac.uk/cw/html/about.htm
Some of them are similar to the Flash games on the BBC Skillswise Website (like this one).
There are a number of different exercises that can be created; click here for examples:
These are just examples, all the text and images can be edited to suit your class and subject, I’ve posted some examples of how I use them here (registration required).
There is a guide to creating them here, basically each template has a ‘learn start‘ file for the students to access the exercise and a ‘teach start‘ file that allows you to import content. Open this file, enter your content and click the save button; for those games with images, you need to rename your images and drop them in the template folder – it’s simple. It’s then easy to zip the file and upload it to a VLE. The games run in a standard web browser.
I’ve used these resources in two main ways – for students to do independent vocabulary practice, using the VLE and as a fun warmer getting students to compete on the interactive whiteboard. Once a resource is created it’s easy to share with colleagues and reuse in the future. I’ve found them a quick, easy and engaging way to give my students extra language practice.