Category Archives: Games

How Well Do You Know Your Classmates?

The following activities are great way to provide input in an engaging manner, using your students as the context.   They work well for the first day back after a break but can be used at any time.  They are … Continue reading

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How well do you know your friend? (Adapting the newlywed game for WL class)

Here’s another simple game that students tend to enjoy and provides opportunities for many reps of a few target structures.   The game is played in pairs.  The object is to know as much about your partner as possible. Each student … Continue reading

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El Tenedor (The Fork Game)

I can’t remember where I first heard of this game.  It is typically played with a pencil and called something like the “True or False Game.”  I use plastic forks and call it “El Tenedor.”  Here’s how it is played: … Continue reading

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Closers

What happens when students finish an assessment and there are 10 minutes remaining in class?  Or when the internet goes out, or for some other reason, you cannot do what you had planned in class?  Or your first activity took … Continue reading

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Story Game

Here’s a game I tried last week.  I’ll explain the rules and how we “played” it for the first time.  Then, I’ll share some of my reflections for how it could be improved or adapted.  I would be very interested … Continue reading

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Circumlocution game – La silla caliente

Here’s a good game to work on circumlocution.  It’s a simple game, but there are several possible variations.  I work circumlocution early in the year and use this game at that time, but I also pull it out throughout the … Continue reading

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Basura-ball

Here’s a game we played recently.  It’s a favorite for many classes.  I “created” this game a couple years ago after watching a similar version on an episode of the Ellen show (It was a snow day, and my wife … Continue reading

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