Thursday, 23 July 2009

Board and card games that can be adapted

keeping this one short & sweet:

Uno! - students have to name the colour & number or instruction in the target language as they play. Useful & fun to add extra words such as "cheat!" "I win!" "whose turn?"

Guess who!
- great for encouraging students to learn extra words beyond the basicsto describe people, and to be creative with what they know (eg use of negatives). Also interesting if you have discussed / taught how people in the TL describe people (ie - Indonesian people don't tend to focus on hair colour and eye colour as much - they talk about face shape, eye shape - how can these be applied?)
Pictionary - you don't even need to own the board game for this one! Students need to draw a word that is given without using symbols or letters, other students have to guess the word. Can be quite challenging depending on the range of words they have learnt, and especially if you don't limit it to nouns and verbs...

and, of course, you can purchase games like monopoly in the Target Language. Even better: there is the option of getting your students to design board games - some of these are great and almost professional in standard!


  1. Twister is a good one too - just need to cover the English with Indonesian labels and call out body parts and colours in Indonesian. I thought this one would be great for a school camp!

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    He wrote dozens of short stories, all of which had a clever and unexpected ending. Try this one: Good luck!

    All the best, Tom

  3. If you combine all the cards in sets of 4, you win. Then turn over the working pile and go through it again, 3 cards at a time.classic solitaire