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Adapting your go-to games: backs to the board

While this site usually looks at how teachers can extend their repertoire of games, this post examines ways to bring new life to a game you already use. I mentioned this idea in a recent article I wrote for Voices... Continue Reading →

Vocabulary revision – adapting ‘Codenames’

This guest post was written by Luke Raymond. You can read below about how he has adapted the game 'Codenames' into a vocabulary practice and revision game. He has only used it with upper intermediate adults and teens so far,... Continue Reading →

Three ways to use Dixit in the classroom

Dixit is a popular storytelling board game that includes eighty colourful and imaginative picture cards. In this post I'm looking at how you can use those cards in some interesting ways. How to play I have often played Dixit with... Continue Reading →

Make and Do – Collocation Revision

This is a quick lesson, including a couple of games, to practise and revise collocations with 'make' and 'do'. There's very little preparation required and it's highly adaptable for use with other lexis or grammar points. The example below is... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Unfolding mysteries – a game to practise modals of deduction

This is a game that helps students practice and produce past modals in a fun context and encourages them to be creative. The plan below includes detailed instructions and the game cards. It was made for a group of B1+ students... 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 →

Caption competition (so/such/enough/too)

This is a very easy game to set up and a fun way for students to produce the target language while trying to make each other laugh. In this example we're using so, such, too and enough with a B1+... Continue Reading →

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