Search – by Mike Astbury


Teaching games

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 →

‘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 →

Games to play with sets of words

A few basic ideas to do something fun with sets of words. Introduction Here are some activities I've used to practise the use of 'a' and 'an'. However, they can be used with any group of words divided into two... 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 →

Error Correction Quiz

I try to add some variety when I do error correction with my class. The quiz format, with the class split into teams and competing for points, works very well in adding a little extra motivation and team work. My... 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

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 them to the rest of the... Continue Reading →

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