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Teaching games is a site where you can find new English language teaching materials that are both fun for students and educationally valid. Everything has been used in the classroom and worked well, usually with a variety of levels and ages.

Scroll down to find games and activities that focus on different aspects of language learning, including vocabulary, grammar, error correction and a variety of practical skills.

Each post includes full instructions and links to download everything you need.

I update the site twice a month so come back often to see what’s new.

 past modals of deduction.png This is a game that helps students practice and produce past modals in a fun context and encourages them to be creative.
 Roll and move.png Expanding dice ‘roll and move’ games to be more useful and motivating for students.
 PET Part 1 Some ideas for turning practice papers into interesting and confidence building lessons for students.
 caption competition.png Game where students use the target language to annotate pictures.

The results are memorable and hilarious.

 Class Story.png Collaborative game for students to write a story in groups and as a class.

It helps students write more interesting stories by using  non-defining relative clauses, adjectives and a range of narrative tenses.

 Picture Puzzle.png Speaking game that uses modals of deduction and descriptions of people. Originally designed to prepare students for PET speaking part 3.
 Agree or disagree.png An activity to encourage quiet and shy students to speak in small group discussions.
 Housemates.png Speaking activity to encourage discussion and decision making. Can be used for exam prep.
 finding small spaces.png Four games that you can play alongside reading or listening texts from your coursebook.
 Get to know you.png  A quick ‘get to know you’ game for new classes that can also be used to review question forms.
Story Cubes - fp A writing activity to use with story cubes. Perfect for practising narrative tenses in a fun context.
to be able to A series of three games to encourage collaboration and teamwork during grammar lessons. In the example I use the structure ‘to be able to’.
Pronunciation ed fp2.png A game for students to learn and practise the ‘-ed’ ending to verbs in the past tense. Has three sets of cards at different levels from pre-intermediate to advanced.
Is it true Past tense practice and an excellent speaking activity for students who are just getting to know each other.
Drawful A drawing game which works with grammatical structures and any chunks of language. In the example my class revised phrasal verbs.
truth be told - conditionals.png This game encourages personalised production of the target language. There are card sets for first, second and third conditionals.
Adapting Dobble This is a matching game that can be used to revise vocabulary and simple sentence structures.
Error Correction A way to make error correction more interesting and a better learning experience for students.
Vocabulary game This game uses a mix of drawing, mime and descriptions to make revising vocabulary more memorable and fun.
Personality speaking A game to spark conversation and give students practice in expressing their opinions.
Adapting Pictionary A way to use pictionary to revise any phrases or sentence structures. In my example I look at phrases with ‘care’
Wits and Wagers An error correction game that gives students additional opportunities to self-correct and analyse their classmates’ answers.
Missing vowels A game to make spelling fun. Aimed at children but suitable for any students who have difficulties with spelling.
Prepositions of place This is a reading game that uses prepositions of place to make puzzles.
Adapting Apples Looking at the game mechanics in Apples to Apples and how they can be used to revise a variety of grammatical structures.
Word sets A variety of games to revise different collocations and word groups. The example is when to use ‘a’ or ‘an’.
Comparatives Game A light co-operative game for revising comparatives with elementary level students.