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FUN, GAMES AND WEIRD ACTIVITIES
IN THE CLASSROOM
35th TESOL France Annual Colloquium
JUST A MINUTE
Rules of the TV show
Speak on a subject for 60 seconds without
At anytime one participant can challenge the speaker.
If the challenge is correct, they gain a point, if not, the speaker gains a point and
continues with the subject.
They can repeat the subject on the card.
The person speaking as the buzzer / alarm goes off is the winner.
In class, depending on the students’ level, you would probably use only
the ‘ hesitation ’ and deviation rules.
Rules of the TV show
A solo player competes against a family pair.
Each team competes to find words beginning with a given
letter according to the definitions the host gives.
Each team must link the 2 sides of a square (left – right or
top – bottom) to win the round.
In class, you can put students in teams, and adapt the definitions and
proposed letters to their levels.
CALL MY BLUFF
Rules of the game:
Choose weird words with their definition.
Put the students into teams and give each team a word
(and its definition!).
They have to come up with 2 other definitions.
The second team decides which definition is the correct
(they should use modal verbs of deduction: it can’t be… it
could be… it must be… )
GUESS WHO? – DISNEY CHARACTERS
GUESS WHO? - HARRY POTTER CHARACTERS
It’s probably better to explain / teach a few phonetic symbols before you play this
game, just simple words the students can pronounce well.
TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE
One topic on each card
8 words for 1 topic
Students take turn, in teams to explain as many of
the 8 words as possible
EXPLAIN IT – CARDS EXAMPLE
Just a minute topics: http://just-a-minute.info/subjects.html
Blockbusters questions: http://www.teach-this.com/esl-games/tv-game-shows
Template example: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/interactive-blockbuster-
Call my bluff: https://freeenglishlessonplans.com/category/games/page/3/
Improbable Objects, What’s that, 2kinds of people:
2 kinds of people: http://2kindsofpeople.tumblr.com/
Guess who?: https://bonjourfle.com/ (in French, needs adapting)
Phonetic dominoes: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/phonetic-dominoes
DIY (great resource to make your own games):
I’m also on
and recently (!) Twitter (@JosetteMEnglish)