BUNDLE (A1, B1, B2): Three ESL Games For Your Class



This bundle consists of three game worksheets for three levels (A1, B1 and B2):

  1. A1 Vocabulary & Spelling Game Worksheet
    Age: 7-99
    ESL level: CEFR A1
    Type: Speed and Vocabulary/Spelling Game (1 page in pdf format)
    Target language: alphabet, activating acquired vocabulary (names of countries, cities, people’s names, objects, adjectives and verbs), spelling training
    Description of activity: The teacher starts saying the alphabet in silence. One student stops him/her and the teacher calls out the letter at which he/she was interrupted. All students start to write one item to each category. The fastest stops the time and starts calling out the written words. Everyone who has written a word that was NOT written by anybody else, gets a point. So the fastest person might not be the winner of the round. The winner can stop the teacher citing the alphabet in the next round.
    Use it as a warm-up, filler or wind-down task in any lesson you need to recap vocabulary or need to practise spelling. For more tips check out ELT-Tutor’s Lesson tips.
    Time: 10-30 min
  2. B1 Investigative Speaking Activity: Detective Game
    Age: 14-144
    ESL level: CEFR B1
    Type: role-play (3 pages, 8 role-play cards + action cards, in pdf format)
    Target language: narrative tenses, in focus: past continuous (What were you doing yesterday at 10pm?)
    Description of activity: Students work in groups of eight (you need a minimum 8 students for this game). First students draw an action card (You’re the murderer/innocent/an eye-witness/the detective). The student who has drawn the detective card, gets his role-play card with all the details. The other seven students draw a role-play card. This way, every character – apart from the detective – could become the murderer or be innocent. A particular role is that of an eye witness. Now, the detective starts to interrogate all characters, starting from the eye witness. The others need to tailor their story in consideration of their role play card, the eye witness’s story and their action card (innocent or guilty). The aim is to find out who the murderer is.
    You can repeat the role-play, since in a second round another character might be the murderer.
    Time: 30+ min
    Font: Optima, Garamond
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  3. ESL Collaborative Game Task: Top Chef (B1+/B2)
    Age: 16-180
    ESL level: CEFR B1+-B2
    Type: collaborative task, 8 pages in pdf file to be printed and cut up into cards (and sorted into three categories: list of ingredients, names of dishes, ingredient cards)
    Target language: lexical items linked to cooking, cousin, dishes
    Description of activity:
    Students work in small groups. Before you start with the activities, you might need to pre-teach some of the ingredient names.
    In the first round, they receive the lists of ingredients and guess what the dish might be.
    In the second round, they get the cards with the names of the dishes and match them to the ingredient lists.
    In the third round, students get the ingredient cards and the names of the dishes (without the list of ingredients) and try to reconstruct the ingredient lists.
    In a final round, student draw ten of the ingredients and try to make a dish. They describe their dish to the other students. Decide which dish is the most original and the most delicious.
    Time: 30+ min
    Font: Lucida Grande, Garamond


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