Games are one of the most exciting ways you can teach English and get your students to open up.
Playing games will make students take themselves less seriously and have fun speaking the language.
Here’s a few of our favorite games for teaching advanced level students.
Questions: Who says we can’t integrate our favorite drinking games with lesson planning? For anyone who’s ever played King’s Cup and drawn a queen, this game will be easy to explain and play.
Have your students simply ask each other questions. There are two rules: no answering questions and no repeating questions. While it seems almost pointless since there is no reward system, you’ll find that your intermediate and advanced students have a difficult time with conversing.
This game will help them easily string together questions and always have something to talk about. As they play more often, you’ll quickly notice some competition.
Stranded on an Island: This is a classic game to get your students involved in some critical thinking. It incorporates some writing and planning, so you’ll need to devote at least 25 minutes of class time to this practice.
Tell your students they are stranded on an deserted island and they’ll need to bring five items and one person. Be sure to let your students know that there’s no point in bringing an iPhone to a deserted island. Once they’ve had time to plan out their answer, have them explain it to the class.
Who am I?: This is probably our favorite game for adult students, being that they’re really starting to get into popular culture, and it gets everyone to loosen up and feel silly.
Choose a celebrity for each student in the class and write it on a piece of paper. The students should immediately stick the paper to their forehead without looking at it. If they look at it, the game is basically ruined and you’ll have to restart. The name on the paper should be visible to the other students.
Go around the table allowing the students to ask one question per turn. They’re trying to guess the name on their forehead, but they can only ask yes or no questions. Give them three chances. The fourth turn around the table, the students should guess the name on their forehead.
Giving advice to a stranger: Prepare some cards with common problems on them, like ending a relationship, borrowing money from a family member, etc. You’ll let your students to randomly choose a card with a problem on it, and they’ll then give advice on the problem. To make the game more difficult, tell them they need to speak for a certain amount of time. Have other students ask questions about their advice and get a conversation going.
Create your own country: Depending on class size, your students can work together or individually. Tell your students they are responsible for planning an entire new country. It’s up to them to choose the laws, education system, religion, etc.
Based on the length of class, allow them a certain amount of time to plan and then have them present their country to their peers.