Sunday, November 13, 2011


Category: Speaking
Group size: From 2 players to large classes
Level: Beginners to intermediate
Materials: None
Age: 4 to 12
Pace: Wake up


Divide your class into teams.  If you have space then line
the teams up in your space.  If you have rows of desks then
make each row a team and have the children stand up in
between their desks.  If you have children on benches with
no room to move, then make each horizontal row a team.

Give the first child in each row a flashcard with a picture
on it.  When you say "go", the first child turns to the
next one, names the item on the card and passes it along
the line.  Each child must take the item and pass it to the
next child in the row while naming the item.

The winning team is the one which gets the picture card
down the end of the line first.  You can of course play so
that the card has to come back to the front again.

It is a good idea to use referees.  A referee is someone
nominated from another team who listens in as the card is
passed down the line and makes sure that the word is said
properly, and that accuracy is not sacrificed for speed.

If you would like this game to be quiet then play as above
but make a rule that only whispering is allowed.

If necessary you can make a rule that anyone not playing
properly or messing around, or being loud, will mean that
the card in that team has to start back at the beginning
again, or is confiscated meaning that the team cannot win a
point in that round.

The use of picture cards is good because it adds a fun
element to the game.  The children can see the progress of
the card travelling down their own line, and the lines of
other teams, so it adds some excitement.

In addition it allows you to see who should and who
shouldn't be talking.

You can have a useful rule where only the players holding
the card can talk - it is a "pass" to be able to speak.  In
that sense you don't even have to pass down a relevant
picture, but can use anything - such as a book.

2. Reading and spelling

If you use word flashcards instead of pictures the children
will see the spelling of the words frequently.  However it
is better to use pictures for memorizing.

A spelling variant on this game is to give the first child
a sheet of paper with several words on it.  This child is
not allowed to show the paper to the second player but must
spell out the first word.  The second player has to work
out what the word is and say it out loud.

Enjoy the game!

Kind regards

Shelley Vernon

1 comment:

  1. Wah English Game yang mendidik yah? :)
    Selamat datang Sahabat di Blogger Indonesia! tetap semangat yah..?? yang penting Exis selalu Salam.