Some games are perfect for those extra minutes in class, others take a whole class period, and yet others are great for creating stations or for play with a substitute. Even better, it is often the simplest of game that students love the best.
Think about your favorite games as a child. Candy Land? Tic-tac-toe? Dot to dot? Pretty much any game can be made to work for the language classroom.
Some other ideas:
- Go Fish - Print four copies of each picture from the vocabulary to use as game cards. Just make sure to copy the cover of a book or a piece of art on the back of the pictures so the paper isn't see through.
- Zap - Every correct answer receives a point. Click here for game board set up and printables.
- Soccer - Break the class in two teams. For every correct answer, the team gets a goal. The team with the most goals at the end wins. To add some cultural reference, have each team choose an appropriate target-language country. You can provide a flag for students to wave or teach the students a cheer used in that country. (See below for an interactive template.)