Boggle Word Game

Boggle is an easy game to play. All you need is a blackboard and some chalk to play. On the blackboard draw a grid 4 x 3, pick 12 letters from the alphabet and then make as many words as you can from the letters.

Topic Circle - Vocabulary Game

Topic circle is a fun game to practice volcabulary.

Need: Pieces of paper cut out with different categories written on each, e.g. Sport / Transport / Colours / Animals.

Make groups with 4 or 5 students.

Stack the pieces face down on a table. Turn one over. This is the category for your students. Going around in a circle your students take turns to say a word related to the category.

Transport: Car! Bus! Plane! Bike! and so on.....

If a student can not think of a word, repeats a word already said or takes too long, the game stops. Turn another piece of paper over and start again.  Sport: Football! Swimming! ...........

You can write your own categories, the vocabulary your students are learning or you can print the one I use here: TopicCircle


BrainStorm Game

Fun game to use in English & ESL class. No material or preparation needed.

To start I draw a cloud on the blackboard. Inside the cloud I write a topic for example Sports. With the class we write down as many sports as we can in five minutes. 
After I have done an example with the class I ask the students to make pairs or small groups. Take out a piece of paper, divide it into four / six parts and draw a cloud in the center of each part. 
Then pick a topic, for example food, animals, transport, sports, verbs, whatever vocabulary your studying in class, etc... Write the topic you have chosen in the cloud. I usually give the pairs / groups five minutes to write as many words as they can. While they are working check their words, ideas and spelling. Four or Six clouds = 20 or 30 minutes. An easy game for half of the class. 

Reduce the time for each cloud depending on your class. Use the other side of the page for more clouds.

Another idea is to play a song. Students write ten or more word…

FishBowl - English Speaking Game

What do you Need to Play: An empty box / container and 40/50/60 pieces of paper with an English word written on each one. You can download my list of words here if you wish: FishBowlWords

The idea of the game is to guess the words on the pieces of paper.

Your students play in groups of 4 if possible. Each student will have one turn out of 4 rounds. Guess the word correctly, take another word out of the box until time runs out. Normally 90 seconds to 2 minutes is my time limit.

The 4 rounds are Taboo, Pictionary, Mime and Word.

Taboo: Describe the word until your teammates guess the word.

Pictionary: Draw a picture to describe the word. ( no writing allowed )

Mime: Act out the word by miming, gesturing, acting it out, making sounds is fun too.

Word: Use only one word to describe the word on the piece of paper. if your teammates guess incorrectly, another word can be said and so on.
       For example: Word: Monkey. Student animal, Group dog, Student jungle, Group parrot, Student banana, et…

Paper Plane

Paper Plane is a fun English game where the students make a paper airplane to make reading and writing sentences in English class more fun.
On a piece of paper, ask the students to write five, six or as many sentences as you wish. The topic can be anything the teacher chooses. About yourself, what you did for your holidays, last weekend, pick an animal and describe it, etc but don't write your name on it. It's a secret.
When the students are finished, ask them to make a paper plane. When all the paper planes are finished, together everybody throws the paper plane into the air and then each student picks up somebody else's paper plane. Each student opens the paper plane, reads it and then each student guesses who wrote it.
Alternatively each student can read the sentences to the class and the class can guess who wrote it. This is good for correcting grammar mistakes that the students have made.
This game can be a little bit noisy but it is a great and fun game. And of course ho…

Alphabet Game

I use this alphabet game to practice vocabulary and to get my students to write sentences.
I put my students into groups of threes: 

The first student picks a letter, the next student thinks of a word with this letter and the last student makes a sentence with this word. 

Student: Student: Potato.  Student: I ate potatoes for my dinner two days ago.

The aim of the activity is to write a word and sentence for every letter of the alphabet. The students take turns choosing a letter, thinking of a word and making a sentence. With 26 letters each student will write at least 8 sentences.
Download the worksheet AlphabetGame.

Another option is to ask your students to write the alphabet on a piece of paper and do the activity orally. Cross out each letter after they have thought of a word and made a sentence.
Before starting the activity I ask my students not to repeat the same sentence over and over again. For example I often get: My favourite colour is red / blue / green. Or I play football / bask…

Taboo PowerPoint with Pictures and Words