English through Games

Lunca u Diana


Category: Speaking Group size: From 2 players to large classes Level: Any level Materials: None or Flashcards Age: 8 to 14 Pace: Wake up

To keep in mind 

This game is better played once students are familiar with the vocabulary This particular type of game is used when revising a certain vocabulary or practising certain grammar tenses. 

How to play
1st Variant   

The teacher draws five columns on the board and assigns each column a letter from the alphabet and shouts GO! The 1st student writes in all 5 columns with one word that begins with the respective letter and shots STOP! The teacher can go in the same manner through the whole alphabet

2nd Variant 

The teacher may write down in the five columns instead of one letter, two letters: 

The game is played in the same manner as in the 1st variant. This variant is perfect for spelling.

3rd Variant 

The teacher may use flashcards to keep students alert. Another tip would be to use flashcards not only with pictures but also with words written underneath with some missing letters or only with the last letter. 

4th Variant 

Another variant would be to assign team leaders to choose their own words for the other team. In this way the game is more challenging. To keep in mind! : is best recommended to assign a student to set the exact time. This way the game is more interesting.  

Language Ideas 

Vocabulary: the teacher may use instead of letters general categories such as: food, clothing, jobs, emotion, things in the house, etc. 

To make it more interesting: Students have to fill each column with a vocabulary word that begins with that letter and pertaining to the category 

Grammar: instead of letters the teacher writes down the tenses 

To make more interesting students may also write down a sentence for each tense after he/she wrote down the correct form of the given verb 

Listening: the teacher may use a cassette recorder and play bits of the lesson. 

Therefore students have to write down: summary, main idea, the name of the characters, the place or the time, etc.


Category: Speaking Group size: two by two students Level: intermediate-advanced Materials: small sheets of papers or even pictures Age: 10 to 14 Pace: Wake up

To keep in mind 

It is a great game for breaking the ice when students do not know each other very well as everyone has an excuse to approach the other and start talking

How to play
1st Variant 

The teacher prepares some sheets of paper to stick on the backs of all the students in the class Each label contains a real person¶s name or the name of a character from fiction or TV cartoons  

Pay attention! 

Each named person should have a natural partner, for example if there is written a label with the name ROMEO, there should be also a label with one name JULIET stuck on somebody¶s back; If there is an odd number of students in the class, the teacher should stick a label on his/her back as well and let students do the questioning  

Now, students start questioning the others to find his/her partner; they have to ask only YES/NO questions 

E.g. : Am I a man/ woman? Am I dead or alive? Am I a character from a cartoon or a book?, etc. 

Some examples of partners:

2nd Variant  

For a controlled game and with less students, the teacher could let just one student a time to ask the questions The student who ask the questions has to face the blackboard and guess his/her partner by voice

3rd Variant  To make it more interesting, the teacher pins a picture of ordinary people or objects as well to their back 

Therefore, students must describe it so that the other one finds the right partner

Language Ideas 

Vocabulary: Instead of names of real persons or cartoons, the teacher pins vocabulary words on students¶ backs: 

Grammar: This game is also good for revising grammar; for example, the teacher pins the verb ³to be´ at present perfect simple at the back of the student; 

Questions: Am I a verb? Am I an action verb? Am I frequently used? Am I ³to be´? Am I at present tense simple/ present tense continuous«am I ³have been´?