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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 →

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 →

‘Get to know you’ questions

I use this activity as a ‘get to know you’ with new classes and it can be adapted for any level. It can also serve as revision for question forms which I’ll come back to at the end. This idea... Continue Reading →

Games to practise grammar in class – to be able to

In this post I'd like to outline an example of using games to encourage collaboration. The games can be found on the British Council site 'Voices' and you can follow the link by clicking here. Below I've written a bit... Continue Reading →

Is it true? – Story telling game to practise narrative tenses

This is a quick game for intermediate level students and above. I made it as a mingle for new students to get to know each other but over time it has shown that it's a good exercise for practising the... 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 →

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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