Favourite Games

151 Responses to the question “Use the space below to add additional insights into the use of games in the English language learning classroom.”

“Question/answer games adapted to class level and interest (jeopardy, trivial pursuit)

Get Talking, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Word rummy, Scrabble, Scattergories, Balderdash

Anything that encourages conversation information gaps asking/answering

Reading Jigsaws: print out story; cut into sentence strips; have teams reconstruct story in proper order. Listening/Speaking: print out paragraph and tape to blackboard; a team member goes to the board, reads the first phrase and returns to the teammates and tells them the phrase. They must write it down. They can ask clarifying questions of the runner. Continue till the paragraph is written and verified. Pictionary: old standard, but we make cards with our target vocabulary words (for example, from our reading lesson or listening/speaking lesson).

grammar,vocabulary,listening and speaking/pronunciation game

scruples, pictionary, apples to apples, 20 questions, headbanz

Picture/Word Bingo,LCR,Hot Dots Learning Cards, Flash Cards,Memory

Hangman, Charades, Run and write, Pictionary, Snakes and ladders, Chinese whispers

Taking surveys, Sress and tone.

Any type of concentration type card game for vocab, jeopardy type for general knowledge, silly sentence building games, team games for conversation, online simulation type to promote conversation with peers

Old Standards – 20 Questions. Complete a sentence or passage derived from Hangman.

I’m afraid they dont have names. I use different games to revise vocabulary, to engage students to conversation… I’m sorry, but I’m not able to help you in this matter.



I believe that most types of games can be adapted to suit the lessons aims and objectives, whether vocab, grammar, fluency or theme related etc. Teachers have to be culturally sensitive as not all games will work with particular students or may prove to be extremely popular. I’ve learnt through trail and error. However, it’s important to try a few times as games may not always be successful first time round.

Hot seat. Speech Craft, Story Maker, hangman, twenty questions.

charades, flashcard games where they hit the cards. Games they get points at.

Guessing game(using flash cards) Blackboard game(sentence formation) Chain word game

pictionary, pass the ball wherein students will pass a ball to someone and whoever receives the ball should say something which is related to the topic/lesson.

boggle, scrabble, hangman, battleship, clue, find the item, alphabet soup, shark attack, bingo etc.

Hot Potato – toss a crumpled ball to the next ‘victim’ AFTER I’ve correctly voiced target pattern I (do this) but HE (DOES that) Where I live… (I have, there is, we live, you can see…) That is a … (vocab practice while on bus, train, in the car) My best friend has ……..

Jeopardy, Hangman, Charades, Simon Says,

No favorites

quizzes, guessing games, facial expressions, moods, needs, what’s wrong with machines, people, situations and so on.

Word Up, Read and Run, Password (guessing a given thing that is described by teammates), Adjective Game (describing a given thing), tac-tac-toe, stop the bus, Categories (making lists according to types), Taboo, Change if you’re wearing…, hangman (with sentences and teams), what will you take with you (to a desert island or if your house is one fire), describing pictures from magazines


1. bring me something 2. crossing the river 3. hangman 4. crossword puzzles 5. find it game

hang man 7up my own games that I’ve created (too many to explain them all)

Pair games where students refer to images for speaking, can be phonetic games, preposition games like giving directions Boardgames can be great but usually have to make them myself as school not going to buy enough for a whole class Interactive blended games like treasure hunts using barcodes with url lnks and students mobiles are good too

Role-plays for business adult groups, card games to teach opposites or numbers, board games for group vocabulary teaching, taboo, twister to teach colors and body parts to kids, bbc online games to teach spelling to kids.

Games which involve very little preparation such as vocabulary pass the parcel, pronunciation telephone game etc.

i don’t teach AS YET

card games, pictures cutouts, scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, games with post-its

There are lots of games that can be used by: -Fruit baskets. -Toilet Paper. -Alphebtization. -Name’s game. -object game. -Whoozit. -Hot seats. -Chain Spelling. -Charades. -Word Race. -Sentence Race. -Running Dictation. -Board Slapping. -Pictionary. -Airoplane game. -Telegrams. among other games.

I like to use several communication activities similar to ones in EFL teacher’s resource books.

1}brain stroming.2} quiz 3 dialouge 4)show a picture then said studnets explain the picture.

I like pictionary, and I use a lot of material from Reward resource pack whenever I can.

Tell Us About… from Keep Talking The board games in the same book, most that I have adapated

Mallets mallet, Back to the board adaptations, ppt game shows: Who wants to be a millionaire, jeopardy, blockbusters, Are you smarter than a 5th grader, own ppts. Own boardgames, Chinese whispers

Toss, Just-a-minute, Professions, Blindsiding

finish a story-spy on me-acting-who am 1?

Classroom Basketball is a favorite, I have also adapted this to the blackboard with a wet tissue. Blind Robot for directions is also great. Both have little preparation, all resources are available in any classroom, they are useful learning tools and the students love them.

active, moving around, interactive games that can be varied with different themes, but still focus on one theme at a time.

1.group games 2. Follow the leader 3. Number sharing 4. Shouting numbers 5. Passing on the buck 6. musical chairs 7. Clapping games 8. Hide and seek 9. Find the odd man out 10. Puzzles 11. Fill the blanks 12. Arrange the order.

Primary: the hang man Middle school: I spy, hot seat. Uni: I find that Uni s/s here have low interest in classroom games for learning purposes.


snakes and ladders quiz games who’s who

Anograms, Chinese Whispers, Detective & Murderer, I spy, Simon says, Alphabet games.

Games online

CALL: Jumpstart, Carmen Sandiego series, hidden object games (i.e. Dire Grove), Clue Finders, and MANY others. Board games: Monopoly, Life, Scrabble, Boggle, Wordingo… ESL games: Word Up, Pharoah’s Phonics… Card games: Mostly Go Fish style – simple double prints of flash cards from sites.

I have found secondlife,IMVU,There very useful games for language practice as well as for socilizing. What about you?

homemade board games, homemade jepordy, activities with a standard deck of cards

Crossword puzzles (for Reading and vocabulary), Jeopardy-type games (using Power Point), Conversation Cards (for speaking class)

I don’t use games in the classroom.

Puzzle, describing the picture,fill in the gap, and flash cards.

self designed board game utilizing the monopoly idea.

BINGO, Hearts, scrabble

Scrabble Cleudo Monopoly Pictionary Online Memory Jeopardy

IQ Quizes General Knowledge quiz ESL games in the market (Photocopied Penguin series, published by Longman)

A-games online – mostly games for young boys, we are able to practice using a significant amount of language to talk about the games. Dominos, card matching games and hang-man are also popular and effective.

I love tic tac toe because it’s versatile, requires nothing other than chalk and blackboard, and the adult ESL students enjoy it. They get quite competitive! I also like pronunciation safari using minimal pairs.

Othello, story-cards, Samorost (with English walk-through (check online), Questionaut (also online) Scrabble slam, build it (using cuisenaire rods)

Role Play, Drama,Quizzes

spelling games sudoku oh cross word puzle

any game that elicits laughter, proactive interaction, is highly visual, considered great fun (perceived more as entertainment than learning, allows teacher to be more a minimal player than an over engaged leader.

UNO card game. My own adapted version of snakes and ladders.

Guessing games, like 20 Questions, or Who am I? Communication-based table games (like trivia games). Draw and guess. Puzzles. Memory games. Jigsaws.

For small groups I like using plays and skits the most.

Name that object, Simon said, sing and dance based on the subject.

Taboo Scattergories Mad Libs 20 Questions word scrambles

all my teaching is on the internet using Skype or MSN or QQ. I use flash cards and make games from them.

None i dont use them. I teach them English how to speak the eng;ish language not playing games because it teaches them nothing


I like to create notecard-based games that students use in pairs, switch with their partner, and find another partner. These can be created for any lesson and can be from extremely structured to free. I also like game boards made based on what the students have been learning. I have a template that I found on a website somewhere for chutes and ladders that I just fill in as the opportunity presents itself. Anything that motivates the student helps them improve, in my opinion.

back-to-the-board, spelling and/or vocab competitions, sentence construction comps (using specifics like present cont, past cont + past simple, perfect forms etc), matching pictures to function choices, pictionary

British council’s online stories,room makers, alien makers, monster makers card games, bingo, Kim’s game, Guessing game with 4 corners, Have you got?

Taboo, Have You Ever?, Scattergories, Who Am I?/Guess Who?, Would You Rather?, Bingo

loto, computer games

go-fish with sight words, memory, computer games, simon says

scrabble crosswords wordfind

1. language game 2. role-play 3. hang man 4. lucky number 5. dancing with a ball….

Cards- Uno- with themes like clothes, countries, places, etc. Pirate Poker Poker Black Jack memory word games – word scramble rhyming games ad libs throwing of a sticky ball on the whiteboard – where I have drawn a circle that looks like a dart board with game options.

For Kindergarten: Anything action, like red light-green light. Hide and seek with items, not people (teacher calls an item, the kids search for it).

conversation board games blackboard drill review games five minutes filler games

scrabble, monopoly, matching, go fish,

Games that blend uses of writing, reading, speaking, and listening. I’ve used A Great Wind Blows, In the Manner of the Word, Charades, crossword puzzles, simulation games (such as First Thanksgiving, Wild West, New World, and others), and games that utilize student interaction through mobile devices (ones I’ve made up myself).

Impossible too many to list – see the Kindersite http://www.kindersite.org/Directory/EG1.htm for about 100 games that can be used directly for ESL or within a CLIL environment. Also see the ARG game we produced http://arg.paisley.ac.uk/ you will also find in the download page a number of documents that may be useful for you, especially the methodology about using games in the classroom. ARGuing also presented 5 peer reviewed academic papers at 3rd European Conference on Game-based learning. The coordinator of the ARGuing project is the co-chair of this annual conference.

cards; questions and answers; reading books and asking questions about certain chapters

Pictionary, hot seat, miming

In no particular order Whiteboard vocabulary revision like blockbusters or connect four which revise vocabulary Grammar auction for correcting mistakes Board games that make students speak domino games for collocations games that force students to work together to order stuff; words, sentences, ideas guessing games and games involving falsehoods

Holding auctions (this is not a game, but they are good practice, and the students require no training in how they work). Having students describe a person (real or imagined) and the other students draw him. 20 questions. Take some archaic, inscrutable, comical law that has never been repealed, and ask groups of students to try to work out what the original legislative justification for it may have been. (That can get very funny!)

Role play games board games using different tense, verb etc Past tnese games

Adapted pictionary, trivial pursuit, scattegories, guesstures, family feud, boggle, scrabble, Q20, memory, ‘I went on a vacation and took…’, etc.

I like to use game to grammar activities but time is reduced and classes are large and not always is possible to play a game in the classroom.

Games adapted from Improv theatre in general

Jenga, Fish, Uno, Concentration, Whiteboard games such as snakes and ladders, tic-tac-toe, etc.

motivational, intuitional, creative and innovative led games.

Diplomacy (Avalon Hill), Apples to apples, Scrabble, Up words, Taboo

Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Clue, 20 Questions

Depending on the age group and time available I usually choose games that incorporate a series of I say.. you say and each in turn.. allowing the parents to hear their child speaking and reenforce the language aim. Sometime I feel that using games in the classroom only opens the door for chaotic play…. It is difficult to keep the younger children under control.

A board game which was ‘words that begin with ..’ adapted to use with parts of speech, tenses ,questions etc Jeopardy, Most board games With more advanced students I use board games but instead of a dice students have a bag of random words and the number of words they can use is the number of places they can move (with caveats to limit the move to a maximum of say 6 or 7 places) There are a couple of thers but my brain has gone dead

Simon Says, 21 Questions

Role Plays, Scrabble,Taking cards, Guessing Game, Simon Says

The games in Blockbuster CDs Puzzles with vocabulary PPS designed as games Cutting a story into pieces and asking the groups to put them in order. The one who does it the fastest wins

* grammar auction * sexi taxi * vocabulary hangman * various types of role-play activities carried out in two groups * defining words in two groups (Ss have to define a words wihout using the word in their definitions. This is played in two groups. Within a groups, one learners has to guess the word and the rest of the group has to define it. The first person to guess the word earns a point for his/her group).


pictionary variation of flyswatter match the pictures frying pan

Scrabble, hangman, anagrams

Fly Swatter Having student call out certain words that pertain to a unit and another student writes them on the board.

pictionary, word games, my own inventions, charades, computer vocabulary games

Scattergories, Jeopardy (adapted), Pyramid, Boggle, etc.

all the usual ones from the using games in ESL Teaching style books.

Bingo crosswords

I prefer those that promote more language use, such as 20 questions, find someone who ice breaker, some information gap games

Uno, GoFish, Gestures, OldMaid, charades, pictionary (adapted), and games on the internet

I like several websites and enjoy sharing them with students, particularly those that are more autonomous, where the students chooses his or her pace and what they want to work on. Computers and MP3 help in educational technology and keep the learner’s interest. I like games that fill in the last 10 minutes of class, that you do not need much preparation and allows the student to leave with a smile on their face, feeling they have learned or practiced somethiong. Traditional games, board games, ELT games are fun but sometimes very static or do not fit the context they are used in, thus not culturally sensitive or appropriate.

darts, UNO

Telling time Hang man Puzzles

board and card games, games from resourcepacks, computergames, games where they have to movve around and stand up

Club Penguin, Chobots, Fantage, Artix Entertainment games, Webkinz

Fly Swat the Flash Cards

Guess the vocab. List the words with the letter. Self-designed computer games

1. Bingo 2. Slapping board 3. Hopping 4. Racing 5. Telephoning

tic-tc-toe, memoramas (pairs), change chairs, simon says, 20 questions, hangman, stop, guess who, etc.

Board games created by myself or other teachers specifically for ESL but not commercially sold go fish/karuta/bingo for vocabulary

As a language learner or a teacher, or just to play?

I have not taught ESL for the last 20 years so I’m not sure my opinions are of much value now

Sorry, Junior Monopoly, Clue, Life, Outburst, Apples to Apples Jr. Board games made for ESL/EFL include Speaker Friendly and Rock Talk. Card games include UNO and many classic card games.

I like card games. I make cards with the specific vocab I am using. I can play concentrations Go Fish or distribute them for the students to ask each other about. I like the versatility.

Good board games that are fun and useful for review. Fun discussion games. Games for kids that include a physical element.

20 questions Alibi bingo

Apples to Apples, Once upon a time

word association running dictation pictionary passing an object/ball juggling and story telling things I brough – remembering a list objective role-plays

Bingofor practising phonetics,card games for vocab,board games for speaking practice.

(You won’t know any of these because they are of my own making) Speed Game Point Game Mystery Find Memory Game Word Game


Card games Team games singing games

20 questions

Jeopardy, Charades, Password, Find Someone Who . . ., $5000 Pyramid, TPR Boards, TPR Robot (instructor acts as robot that students give directions to), Role Plays (Flea Market, Restaurants, etc.), Tell a Lie (give 4 statements about self and 1 is a lie; other students have to guess which is the lie), Which one doesn’t belong (can be used with pictures or lists of words), 20 Questions, etc. etc.

Karute (Japanese style slap card game), concentration, twenty questions, I spy, Bafa Bafa (intercultural simulation), charades,

flash card pick up games, hangman, guess who, starting letter games, describing things activities, etc.

Most are self-made so have no name, or no name that someone else would know. One good commercial one Just a Minute.

Games that encourage movement and use of images, flashcards, photos, etc.

back yo board


I have not used games in the classroom

Phrazzle Me I spy with my little eye Hangman Listening to music and deciphering the lyrics Scrabble

Speed Quiz, BAAM, Jeopardy, Trivia

Word games (Hangman, Scrabble, etc.)

Vocabulary games (bingo, hangman, wordsearch, crossword, online word games…) Clue games Cooperative games (Content-based, Task-based Approaches) WebQuests, webtasks, quiz online or by email…

Simon Says

Pictionary, 20 questions, riddles

Hangman, scabby queen (variants), hot seat, scrabble, name swap, who am I, 3 hints, Mr. Wolf questions,

Category (where kids stand in a circle and clap and have to say a vocab word in a particular category on beat), big booty (where students have to listen as people say their own number and then another person’s number)

Uno, Challenge card games, Guess Who? and Guess Where?

pair-work, group, speaking, getting to know you


Snakes and Ladders

role plays flash cards bingo game

board games , card games, my own games, memory games….

Twenty Questions Bingo Oxford Picture Dictionary CD-ROM teacher-created game board to practice grammar and vocabulary

Connecting nouns on the board–this is great when working in teams of 2, especially at the end of the class; it gets Ss out of their seats & they have to work w/their teams to connect words, usually nouns, like this: HamburgeRinDoGoaTeaMaN etc. (letters were capitalized to signify endings & beginnings of words) Ss go to the board one at a time & use dictionaries, other team members, & can borrow from the other team’s list on the board if it fits their list. The competitiveness of having 2 teams keeps the interest & energy going, & Ss have fun while trying to enhance their vocabulary skills, incl. spelling. Boggle–great for spelling & Ss have to think fast as there is a timer Telephone tag for listening comprehension & speaking–pass a message around & see what is said at the end; this always brings a lot of laughter–at the end of the listening part of the game game make sure Ss know the original message, then put them into groups of 2 & have the message printed, but broken into strips of paper so that Ss have to re-assemble the original message. Putting the message back in order gives them extra practice, plus each teams tries to finish first.

Animal game, hangman, 4 letter word game, simon says

charades, shiritori, I spy, card matching , games using cards and homemade dice for sports and their verb collocations, grab bag(20 questions)

boggle, headlines, scrabble slam, whatzit (outside the box), take 2 scrabble, etc, etc, etc – I have a multitude

Pictionary, Paint me a picture, Guess what? in Twenty Questions,Word games like scrabble, scribbage, Mind Jolt Games, Word bank, Hang man, Tic-tac-toe

go fish, board game,

Fish, jigsaws, concentration, anything on the snakes and ladders board, any board game adaptable to the lesson material, games of chance: bingo

Apples to Apples Scrabble English Jeopardy Fly swatter activities

Kaboom !

21 Questions, Yes/no Game… Crib, Backgammo, Monopoly

None specific but they need to be participative and demonstrate a team ethic. My focus is really on Business studies so it is important to be innovative as well as interesting

Talkopoly (a conversation adaptation of Monopoly, by David Martin, EFL Press); Syllable Soup and Sound Maze games (from an old book called Pronunciation games); Bingo (especially good for vocabulary learning and keeping the attention of younger/newer learners). For higher learners, a number game called BUZZ is fun (1,2,3,4,5,6, BUZZ, 8,9,10,11,12,13,BUZZ – Replace numbers that contain a 7 or are divisible by 7 with the word BUZZ). Rock-scissors-paper, hugely popular in Japan, is useful for getting students to change partners during or after an activity. The loser has to stand and find a new partner. 20 questions is useful in getting students guessing about recent current events and news stories.

I spy

Twenty questions, hangman, Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, bingo games, etc.

Vocab games of differnt sorts Role plays

flashcard and vocabulary games

poon and buzz

Clue Oregon Trail Spelling Bee type game but vocabulary and definitions

Hangman- to use vocabulary and practice writing skills and spelling. Riddlee Riddlee Rhee I see something you don’t see and it’s. . . (to learn vocab, use descriptive words. Jeopardy- to review concepts

Second Life and similar — e.g., treasure hunt card games, e.g., concentration to learn words, synonyms, etc. Oregon Trail The Sims Lingo/Bingo-type games

Jeopardy Uno Boggle I spy Games with music

I teach university and there is no time to play games. It would be fun but we wouldn’t get through the curriculum if we stopped to play. There is too much to cover and that is sad. Adults and college students in general consider playing a waste of time and don’t understand that learning is going on. If they have this attitude, their minds are closed to whatever learning might have taken place and they fulfill their own expectation. Without a lot of convincing, it is less effective to use games with older students. They think learning has a certain look to it and think you are being frivolous and wasting their time with games. children LOVE games and enjoy them as if they were in L1. I am Montessori trained and have the work in concrete objects on my shelves but the adults don’t even look at them as if the concrete objects were only toys. I guess I could try using them to see if I could break the barrier and change their preconceptions…. I have not tried using games to teach adults English.

‘Find someone who…’- classic ice-breaker Hangman as a team game for spelling/vocab

Commercial games: Apples to Apples, Snatch, Scrabble, Outburst Classroom games: Battleship on Paper, Letter by Letter, Do You Love Your Neighbor?, Bingo, Go Fish

Bingo, a play with a soft ball

taboo scattergories last word funglish password uno (for teaching contrastive stress)

I like the games availabe on rosetta stone. I also like simulation games where the students apply real life application answers. I love the games that allow the students the opportunity to create. Thank you.

monopoly, 20 questions, jenga fitted with phrasal verbs or irregular verbs, the telephone game, irregular verb tennis,there are some great books out there with games that fit specific classes and situations. I also found some good recommendations in some of the Focus on Grammar teacher’s edition- extension activities. But honestly, the only time I use them is in a summer program where maybe the class is big and interest is not as high.

self-made board games, flash cards, blackboard competitions, any practice turned into a competition by adding the element of time.

Taboo, Scrabble, Boggle, Scattegories, and Upwords

Open Scrabble where teams play to construct the best word from letters before it is added to the board. Various Snakes and Ladders activities. Computer-based spelling games

group dictation in teams, citizenship jeopardy, scattergories, apples to apples (ESL version of this would be AWESOME), imaginiff

Fredericka Klippel’s Keep Talking games Apples to Apples Bingo Tic Tac Toe Clue 20 questions Guess who!

I spy, Go fish, Boggle, Hang-man, grammar games

Bingo; Concentration; Jeopardy; Pictionary; Guess Who.

Variety of simple card games, Guess Who, versions of Who Am I?, scrabble and other such word games, I spy, I have been to Paris and bought, etc. Cluedo, Monopoly, Pictionary,

my younger students love playing go fish, I use sight word cards, or different picture cards to practice vocab including opposites, syn and ant, ect.

Dominoes – picture on one side of card, word on the other, so that players must be able to read the word and recognize the object in order to match Geo-Safari — a fun way to build receptive language and memorization. Downside – no oral communication required but can be modified to make that part of the requirements Board games – specifically for ESL and Speech and Language development (I’m at home and don’t remember the names of the games) – where the student spins or throws a dice and moves to a category, then players go around naming something in that category Scrabble junior

Guess who, 20 questions, I spy, Pictionary using specific words from the curriculum,

Too many to list.

In general, games that require a lot of language use. Games with knowledge gaps (where partners are trying to figure out information that only one of them has…).

Karuta Word-work in Read 180 15 language battleship Pronoun dice game cardstock card games past-tense squares verb tense fishing StarFall Tumblereaders (some items)

Rummikub, Sorry, memory games with a variety of vocab and pictures, Sumsky and Tensky (sort of go fish for adding practice), Hangman (for pronounciation, vocab, learning letters), Bingo (grammar structures, vocab), Talk Around (define a word without saying it and try to get another person to guess the word), Guess who (for descriptive vocab about people)

Bingo Memory Game Jeopardy Money games

Egg-spert ?Como se dice? team competitions oraciones divertidas perquacky

Vocabulary game that I’ve read about in books like Zero Prep and Perfect Pics; teacher posts pictures on the board, then students line up in teams with flyswatter. Teacher says a word, and students try to swat it with the flyswatter before opposing team does. Tic-tac-toe is good with Perfect Pics; Bingo is great but involves a lot of teacher prep. (Perfect Pics has a bingo template, but teacher has to spend HOURS making the bingo cards.) I also like to adapt for ESL the Spanish and French games I’ve found on the SUNY listserv, including ones that combine skill and luck, so that the same students don’t win all the time. After a student holds up the right card for a vocabulary game, he/she has to pull a stick out of a jar, and it might say swap, double, or forfeit so that all the team’s points might be lost or doubled.

Flash card games, powerpoint games using triggers to make them interactive, hangman, pictionary, charades, board games, relay games

online interactive games Greed for math study Zingo for newcomers

Go-Fish to teach alphabet letters/sounds or sight words; Chip-O; Bingo (for money, consonants, vocabulary, etc.)

Kim’s game Monoploy Matching activites Warmers and Introductory games with langauge focus

Twenty questions, the pyramid game, running dictation, Identify the Lie, Pair the joke and the answer from those posted on the wall, building up pictures on the board.

UNO, Skip-Bo, CandyLand, Chutes and Ladders, Memory, Go-fish (modified to whatever we’re studying), Flyswatter, generic game board with question spots/cards.

Linguisystems No Glamour language cards, Tic-Tac-Toe language games, Bingo, Go Fish, computer games, etc.

Jeopardy War with vocabulary – card game Pictionary Spelling games – students have to hold up alphabet cards – work in groups Relays – writing sentences on the board

Card games: Go Fish, Don’t Bug Me, Old Maid, etc. Lotto games with a variety of vocabulary themes For older students, Password For all ages, Pictionary type games

Go Fish using vocabulary words – ex. Do you have a chair? Concept / ABC sorting activity – The kids LOVE them, so they think of it like a game Sequencing puzzles


I enjoy online educational games, interactive whiteboard games, and language games from Linguisystems and Super Duper Publications


Go Fish, matching, scrabble, 20 questions,

Chunks, chunking words together. ABSeas, go fish, computer games, jeopardy.

Spellominoes, Scrabble Slam, Boggle, Scrabble, several Smartboard resources, (listed on my school computer) Language Egg Carton Games

Look who’s listening, blurt, 20 questions, crazy 8s (more basic than Uno), reading comprehension games, sentence building games

hangman, tic tac toe, I spy, what’s my job and other yes/no’s. Auction (incorrect and correct sentences). Spot the difference pairwork, half a crossword, re-ordering and saying based on pictures (teams), describe and draw/build, fortune teller role-play (with cards), other role plays. Pass the bomb

Password, Fact or Crap, Jeopardy, race type games involving dry erase boards, flyswatter game

Bingo, vocabulary jeopardy, Charades,

Envision Math Center Games

chinese whispers any game that involves being put into teams of 4 and vying for first place

What is wrong stimulus pictures, where the children have to describe the picture, what it is supposed to look like & how it is incorrect.

Spinner and dice games, communicative crosswords, barrier games. I find the BEST games are those that are relevant and meaningful to the classroom context. As a result I encourage teachers to make their own games. A website with ready made templates where teachers can input their own language structures and features would be most useful. e.g. www.puzzlemaker.com

Teacher made games Bingo, Card games, word games, scrabble, conversation games

Computer picture/word match for beginners Computer grammar Grammar and listening/speaking board games Bingo – various grammar applications

Card Games Computer Games involving Maths Language Concentration Bingo Matching

I have made cards for the fish game format for initial sounds (pictures of regular words starting with particular sounds), 100 most common sight words, verb tenses, homophones, unusual plurals and grammar terms. For a bit of variety we sometimes play memories with the pairs. The children never seem to tire of the game but for my own sanity I need a bit more variety.

board games related to reading a short selection and answering a question concerning details, main idea, predicting, etc computer/puzzle – matching letter, word, color to picture

Headway grammar website

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