Christopher and I met because of social media and a bit of luck. One of us liked a post or wrote left one another a comment and the next thing I knew I realised we were going to attend three ELT conferences in three different countries together. Christopher is one of those people you can chat with for hours and learn things you hadn’t even wondered about before. His book 50 Zero Preparation Games gives you a very small glimpse of what he is like: practical, interesting, funny and incredibly intelligent. In the book you can find easy-to-use games that really require almost no preparation at all. A real lifesaver for teachers who keep getting busier and busier these days.
The book is divided into three sections according to the main skill developed through the games (drawing, writing, and speaking) but it puts a lot of emphasis on communication. Each game comes with an example and a page with the procedure, the suggested target language and, my favourite part, the expansion potential for teachers to go beyond. The absolute highlights for me are Christopher’s brilliant notes on how to give feedback at the beginning, and his bonus section with more games at the end.
This is certainly a must-have book!
If you’re an Excited Nerd Gaining Lexical Intensity Studying Hard (ENGLISH) looking for a reliable source of activities that will spark your students’ curiosity and get them engaged while learning, 50 Zero Preparation Games is for you.
The only thing I’m afraid you won’t get from this book is a real face-to-face chat with the incredible Christopher Walker. Well, maybe you will someday. I do hope so. Our last moment together before I came back home was at a Vietnamese restaurant in Budapest. To honour that memory I suppose this Vietnamese proverb will do for now:
đồng thanh tương ứng đồng khí tương cầu
It means that people who are similar will often become friends. I’m happy I found a friend like Christopher and I hope his work can make you realise you should also be his friend.
You can also right click on the images below and save them to check out some samples of his book.