ESL Activity: Charades
Charades is a fantastic TPR method to elicit responses from your students
and its extremely easy to set-up.
How to play: One student stands out the front of the class and mimes out an
object or thing. The student can't use any words, only body language. The
students who are sitting down have to try and guess what the student is
Here are a couple of variations of the classic charades game:
Get the students to write a short story. This can be on a subject that you
specify, or they can write about anything. Be sure to write your own story, as
well. Ss must now read and act their story out. This can either be done in
groups or as individuals. Make sure to demonstrate with your story first. This
is a fun variation that can lead to a lot of laughs.
This variation of charades should be reserved for higher level students.
Get the Ss to write out a story. Instead of reading their story out loud, Ss will
only act it out. Choose random Ss to tell the class their version of the story,
based on what they saw.
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Give points for the team that correctly guesses the mime.
Limited the amount of guesses that each student has.
Limited the time that each team has to guess.
For an extra challenge, make the mimes obscure.
Have things with multiple words, e.g. "computer table".
Look at the words and use dictionary and you may check their meaning
A Vocabulary quiz: Give your partner a vocabulary quiz. Follow the stages.
Stage 1 Think of ten words and write quiz questions like these:
The first letter is…/How do you spell…? /What is …in English?
Words connected with the animals of Britain
Pets (tame animals)
Britain is famous for being a nation of animal lovers, and many people in
Britain keep pets. More than 50 per cent of British families own a pet. We
keep some 7.7 million cats, 6.6 million dogs, one million budgerigars and 18
million goldfish. And we are increasingly adopting exotic creatures such as
small farm animals, snakes, tropical fish, and spiders; an estimated 2,000
households now have reptiles.