Search – by Mike Astbury


Adapting games

I wish…

This is an adaptable freer practice activity which I have used when teaching various grammar structures. In this example we're looking at 'I wish...' with the past simple. I have Jane-Maria Harding da Rosa to thank for this activity. She... Continue Reading →

Say the Same Thing

I first saw this video last year, but I was reminded of it at the weekend thanks to Lisko MacMillan who used it as part of her excellent session at the Teacher Training day in Torun. Watch the first minute... Continue Reading →

Games and Strategies to practise Key Word Transformations

This post will outline a number of ways to practice key word transformations from the Cambridge exams while revising grammar rules, vocabulary and register. All of the ideas in this post were designed with PET, FCE and CAE classes in... Continue Reading →

Playing board games in class – Adapting ‘roll and move’ games

When you look online for grammar or vocabulary board games you often find simple 'roll and move' games. This post will look at ways we can expand this style of board game to make it more fun and a better... Continue Reading →

Simple games you can use with the coursebook

Adapting coursebook material - reading and listening texts With most of my classes I have a set coursebook to follow and I often look for ways to adapt texts or individual exercises to include little games. This post will introduce... Continue Reading →

Monikers (a.k.a. Celebrities) – An adaptable game to revise vocabulary

Celebrities is a fun game about describing people in a variety of different ways. This adaptation replaces celebrities with sets of vocabulary. The game is highly adaptable to any set of vocabulary for elementary level and above. In my example... Continue Reading →

Wits and wagers – Error correction game

Adapting games - Wits and Wagers Wits and Wagers is a fun and light game about betting on other people's knowledge. This adaptation takes that idea and uses it to encourage students to discuss and analyse their answers and compare... Continue Reading →

Drawful – Drawing game for lexical chunks

Adapting games - Drawful This is an adaptation of a fun and inventive game that was released just last year. While the original game is played on a computer, this adaptation for the classroom is played on paper. This is... Continue Reading →

First, Second and Third Conditionals Game

Adapting games – Truth be told with second conditionals Truth be told is a game that encourages players to be creative. It’s similar to games like Dixit, Absolute Boulderdash and Pictionary which create a context for players to be interesting... Continue Reading →

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