BLOW OFF BOMB GAMES IN YOUR ENGLISH LESSONS IN KOREA

An image of a bomb for bomb games played in English lessons in South Korea.

It seems many students in Korea generally think of a Guest English Teacher (GET) as the fun, playtime teacher. That’s okay. However, my former students got into a habit of requesting games all day, every day.

ME: “Good morning, cla…”
STUDENT(S): “GAME! Teacher, game? BOMB GAME! BOMB GAME! BOMB GAME!” 

ME: “Yes, today we have very special activities to play. How’s the wea…?”
STUDENT(S): “GAME! GAME! GAME! GAME! GAME!”

I’m not even exaggerating.

For those who may not know, ‘bomb games’ are PPTs that have been used over and over again by about every GET, and/or Korean English Teacher in the country. There’s a variety available, and they’re usually played in teams to help practice English. Students answer a question, and then get points or "bombed" as a result. 

While bomb games are definitely an awesome addition to any English lesson, using them too often will defeat their purpose, and just make you look like a really lazy teacher. Use games as a reward like candy, points, and/or stickers.

Hint: Everything can be turned into a “game”. Even the most boring activities can be adapted to seem like one. Korean students love competition. As the GET, you have the responsibility of making English fun to learn.

A jar of jalapenos for a taste test activity in an English lesson in South Korea.
 Jalapenos used in a taste activity during an English lesson.
Need some ideas to spice up your lessons?

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