{August 18, 2010}   Games in the ESL Classroom

Have you ever tried to play a game in the classroom, for the sake of playing?

I’ve collected a series of games that can be adapted to the teaching context and used to have fun and learn at the same time.

Game 1:
Guess Who?

Level: Intermediate
Age: teens
Short Description: Each player chooses a person from the board. The other players ask questions which can be answered just by yes or no. After 20 questions and no right guess, another person is chosen.

Game 2:

Level: Intermediate
Age: teens, adults
Short Description: Have  you ever heard about this game? Here you can find the template to create your own board!

Game 3:
Balloon Game

Level: Advanced
Age: Adults
Short Description: Tell your students that they are flying in a hot-air balloon which is sinking and that someone must be thrown out if everyone is not to die. Each speaker has to make the case why they should not be thrown out of the balloon to save the others. Typically each participant speaks on behalf of a famous person, profession, fictional character, etc. Other perilous situations may take the place of the sinking balloon, for example, a shipwrecked raft, or a nuclear bunker.

I promise I’ll add more games during the following weeks, but now is your turn to try them out!


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