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Играем на уроках английского языка "Fun classroom games"


Chain Spelling (Shiri-tori)

Level: Easy to Medium

The teacher gives a word and asks a student to spell it, and then a second student should say a word beginning with the last letter of the word given. The game continues until someone makes a mistake, that is, to pronounce the word incorrectly, misspell it or come up with a word that has been said already, then he/she is out. The last one remaining in the game is the winner.

This game can be made difficult by limiting the words to a certain category, e.g.. food, tools, or nouns, verbs, etc.

Bang Bang

Level: Easy

Divide the group into two teams. Explain that they are cowboys and they are involved in a duel. One student from each team comes to the front. Get them to pretend to draw their pistols. Say "how do you say..." and a word in their mother tongue. The first child to give the answer and then "bang bang", pretending to shoot his opponent is the winner. He remains standing and the other one sits down. I give 1 point for the right answer and 5 extra points if they manage to "kill" 4 opponents in a row.

Editor's Note: Instead of saying the word in the students' mother tongue, it would be possible to use a picture or to say a definition ("What do you call the large gray animal with a long nose?")

Describing Appearances & Characteristics of People

Level: Easy to Medium (Low to low intermediate)

Each student is then give one sheet of paper.  One student sits at the front of a room.  He/she describes a person and the rest of the class draws the person being described.

It is more interesting if the person being described is known by everyone. Once the student has finished describing that person then he/she reveals who it is and each student shows his/her drawing. The laughter from this is hilarious as the impressions tend to make the character in question look funny.

It is a good idea to encourage students to ask the interviewee student questions about who they are describing.

Level: Any Level

A good game for large classes and for reviewing vocabulary lessons.

  1. Prepare a list of review vocabulary words.

  2. Write each word on two small pieces of paper. That means writing the word twice, once on each paper.

  3. Organize the pieces like bundles, 2 bundles, 2 sets of identical words.

  4. Divide the class into 2 teams. get them to make creative team names.

  5. Distribute each list of words to both teams. every student on each team should have a paper.  Both teams have the same words.

  6. When you call a word, 2 students should stand up, one from each team. The students must then run to the blackboard and race to write a sentence using their word.

The winner is the one with a correct and clearly written sentence.

This is always a hit with kids. For more advanced students, use tougher words.

Board Race

Board Race is a fun game that is used for revising vocabulary, whether it be words from the lesson you've just taught or words from a lesson you taught last week. It can also be used at the start of the class to get students active. It is a great way of testing what your students already know about the subject you're about to teach.

  • Why use it? Revising vocabulary; grammar

  • Who it's best for: Appropriate for all levels and ages

How to play:

This is best played with 6 students or more - the more, the better. I've used it in classes ranging from 7-25 years of age and it's worked well in all age groups. Here's a step by step explanation:

  • Split the class into two teams and give each team a colored marker.

  • If you have a very large class, it may be better to split the students into teams of 3 or 4.

  • Draw a line down the middle of the board and write a topic at the top.

  • The students must then write as many words as you require related to the topic in the form of a relay race.

  • Each team wins one point for each correct word. Any words that are unreadable or misspelled are not counted.

Call My Bluff / Two Truths and A Lie

Two truths and a lie

Call My Bluff is a fun game which is perfect at the start of term as a 'getting to know you' kind of game. It is also a brilliant ice breaker between students if you teach classes who do not know one another -- and especially essential if you are teaching a small class size.

The game is excellent for practicing speaking skills, though make sure you save a time for after the game to comment on any mistakes students may have made during the game. (I generally like to reserve this for after the game, so you don't disrupt their fluency by correcting them as they speak).

With older groups you can have some real fun and you might be surprised what you'll learn about some of your students when playing this particular game.

  • Why use it? Ice-breaker; Speaking skills

  • Who it's best for: Appropriate for all levels and ages but best with older groups

How to play:

  • Write 3 statements about yourself on the board, two of which should be lies and one which should be true.

  • Allow your students to ask you questions about each statement and then guess which one is the truth. You might want to practice your poker face before starting this game!

  • If they guess correctly then they win.

  • Extension: Give students time to write their own two truths and one lie.

  • Pair them up and have them play again, this time with their list, with their new partner. If you want to really extend the game and give students even more time to practice their speaking/listening skills, rotate partners every five minutes.

  • Bring the whole class back together and have students announce one new thing they learned about another student as a recap.

Simon Says

This is an excellent game for young learners. Whether you're waking them up on a Monday morning or sending them home on a Friday afternoon, this one is bound to get them excited and wanting more. The only danger I have found with this game is that students never want to stop playing it.

  • Why use it? Listening comprehension; Vocabulary; Warming up/winding down class

  • Who it's best for: Young learners

How to Play:

  • Stand in front of the class (you are Simon for the duration of this game).

  • Do an action and say Simon Says [action]. The students must copy what you do.

  • Repeat this process choosing different actions - you can be as silly as you like and the sillier you are the more the children will love you for it.

  • Then do an action but this time say only the action and omit 'Simon Says'. Whoever does the action this time is out and must sit down.

  • The winner is the last student standing.

  • To make it harder, speed up the actions. Reward children for good behavior by allowing them to play the part of Simon.

Best ESL games

Take your students outside for interactive games

Word Jumble Race

This is a great game to encourage team work and bring a sense of competition to the classroom. No matter how old we are, we all love a good competition and this game works wonders with all age groups. It is perfect for practicing tenses, word order, reading & writing skills and grammar.

  • Why use it? Grammar; Word Order; Spelling; Writing Skills

  • Who it's best for: Adaptable to all levels/ages

How to play:

This game requires some planning before the lesson.

  • Write out a number of sentences, using different colors for each sentence. I suggest having 3-5 sentences for each team.

  • Cut up the sentences so you have a handful of words.

  • Put each sentence into hats, cups or any objects you can find, keeping each separate.

  • Split your class into teams of 2, 3, or 4. You can have as many teams as you want but remember to have enough sentences to go around.

  • Teams must now put their sentences in the correct order.

  • The winning team is the first team to have all sentences correctly ordered.


This classic game is a favorite for all students but it can get boring quite quickly. This game is best used for 5 minutes at the start to warm the class up or 5 minutes at the end if you've got some time left over. It works no matter how many students are in the class.

  • Why use it? Warming up / winding down class

  • Who it's best for: Young learners

How to play:

In case you've never played, here's a quick rundown.

  • Think of a word and write the number of letters on the board using dashes to show many letters there are.

  • Ask students to suggest a letter. If it appears in the word, write it in all of the correct spaces. If the letter does not appear in the word, write it off to the side and begin drawing the image of a hanging man.

  • Continue until the students guess the word correctly (they win) or you complete the diagram (you win).


This is another game that works well with any age group; children love it because they can get creative in the classroom, teenagers love it because it doesn't feel like they're learning, and adults love it because it's a break from the monotony of learning a new language - even though they'll be learning as they play.

Pictionary can help students practice their vocabulary and it tests to see if they're remembering the words you've been teaching.

  • Why use it? Vocabulary

  • Who it's best for: All ages; best with young learners

How to play:

  • Before the class starts, prepare a bunch of words and put them in a bag.

  • Split the class into teams of 2 and draw a line down the middle of the board.

  • Give one team member from each team a pen and ask them to choose a word from the bag.

  • Tell the students to draw the word as a picture on the board and encourage their team to guess the word.

  • The first team to shout the correct answer gets a point.

  • The student who has completed drawing should then nominate someone else to draw for their team.

  • Repeat this until all the words are gone - make sure you have enough words that each student gets to draw at least once!

The Mime

Miming is an excellent way for students to practice their tenses and their verbs. It's also great for teachers with minimal resources or planning time, or teachers who want to break up a longer lesson with something more interactive. It's adaptable to almost any language point that you might be focusing on.

This game works with any age group, although you will find that adults tire of this far quicker than children. To keep them engaged, relate what they will be miming to your groups' personal interests as best as possible.

  • Why use it? Vocabulary; Speaking

  • Who it's best for: All ages; best with young learners

How to play:

  • Before the class, write out some actions - like washing the dishes - and put them in a bag.

  • Split the class into two teams.

  • Bring one student from each team to the front of the class and one of them choose an action from the bag.

  • Have both students mime the action to their team.

  • The first team to shout the correct answer wins a point.

  • Repeat this until all students have mimed at least one action.

Best ESL Games

Don't be afraid to be a little goofy

Hot Seat

This is one of my students' favorite games and is always at the top of the list when I ask them what they want to play. Hot Seat allows students to build their vocabulary and encourages competition in the classroom. They are also able to practice their speaking and listening skills and it can be used for any level of learner.

  • Why use it? Vocabulary; Speaking and Listening

  • Who it's best for: All ages and levels

How to play:

  • Split the class into 2 teams, or more if you have a large class.

  • Elect one person from each team to sit in the Hot Seat, facing the classroom with the board behind them.

  • Write a word on the board. One of the team members of the student in the hot seat must help the student guess the word by describing it. They have a limited amount of time and cannot say, spell or draw the word.

  • Continue until each team member has described a word to the student in the Hot Seat.

Where Shall I Go?

This game is used to test prepositions of movement and should be played after this subject has been taught in the classroom. This game is so much fun but it can be a little bit dangerous since you'll be having one student in each pair be blindfolded while the other directs them. So make sure to keep your eyes open!

Why use it? Prepositions; Speaking and Listening

  • Who it's best for: All ages and levels

How to play:

  • Before the students arrive, turn your classroom into a maze by rearranging it. It's great if you can do this outside, but otherwise push tables and chairs together and move furniture to make your maze.

  • When your students arrive, put them in pairs outside the classroom. Blindfold one student from each pair.

  • Allow pairs to enter the classroom one at a time; the blindfolded student should be led through the maze by their partner. The students must use directions such as step over, go under, go up, and go down to lead their partner to the end of the maze.

What's My Problem?

It should be played after the 'giving advice' vocabulary lesson has taken place. It is a great way for students to see what they have remembered and what needs reviewing. This game works well with any age group, just adapt it to fit the age you're working with.

  • Why use it? Speaking and Listening; Giving Advice

  • Who it's best for: All ages and levels

How to play:

  • Write ailments or problems related to your most recent lesson on post-it notes and stick one post-it note on each student's back.

  • The students must mingle and ask for advice from other students to solve their problem.

  • Students should be able to guess their problem based on the advice they get from their peers.

  • Use more complicated or obscure problems to make the game more interesting for older students. For lower levels and younger students, announce a category or reference a recent lesson, like "Health", to help them along.

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