Catch Phrase

How to Play: Just like the board game! Students are divided into teams. Write vocabulary words on separate pieces of paper (or have the students write them). One student begins by choosing one paper and describing the word (without say any part of the word or pointing to anything or making any gestures) to their... Continue Reading →

Tongue Twister Challenge

How to Play: There are a few ways you can play with tongue twisters in class. Usually, I'll teach the students one, allow them to practice on their own, and then in teams they must recite the tongue twister as many times as possible (you can have one person per team go each round, or... Continue Reading →

How to Carry Out Successful Class Games

Organization is key: If the students don't understand the game, it won't be fun. Be sure to explain all of the rules, the objective of the game and how to win. Demonstrate with 2 or 3 students before beginning.  For a lot of games, I number students from first to last on each team (usually based... Continue Reading →

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Minute to Win It

How to Play: This is a fun game I usually like to use for the last class before Christmas. Just like the game show, organize a few different one minute/short races and split the students into teams.  Ideas for games (mostly Christmas related but you can make it un-Christmasy): Transfer marshmallows from one plate to... Continue Reading →

Poker Face

How to Play: This game has a bunch of different variations (and definitely has different names that I can't remember). The main premise is that the students sit in a circle and one student gets questioned by the others. One way you can play is that the student has to answer the questions but if... Continue Reading →

Going to the Moon

How to Play: This game is about guessing a pattern or rule. In a small group (3-8 students is best), the teacher tells them that they're going to the moon. The teacher comes up with a pattern, for example, things that are yellow. So the teacher says "I'm going to the moon and I'm taking a... Continue Reading →

Acronym Race

How to Play: I played this with two students (private lesson) but it can be played with large classes also. The teacher writes any word on the board and the students (individually, in partners or groups) must write one word for each letter that is related to the word. For example, if the teacher wrote "CLOWN",... Continue Reading →

Name 5 Things

How to Play: This is an easy, simple game that's good to have in your back pocket if you need to fill a bit of class time. Put the students in small groups or in pairs with paper and a pen. The teacher says "Name 5 Things that are (see below for examples)" and the... Continue Reading →

Guess Who

How to Play: This activity can be played with any group size or in pairs. Students have to write down a word (for example, they all write different animals) on a post-it note and then pass it to another classmate (without them seeing it!) The students all put their post-its on their foreheads so everybody else... Continue Reading →

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