Adding party games to classes is really fun and great for language practice.
Last week we played pictionary in conversation class – Pre-Intermediate upwards. They played in pairs. Each pair would choose a movie, a song or a tv series and draw clues on the board using colorful board markers for the other pair of students to guess the title. When the drawing was not enough, the guessing teams would ask yes/no question to find out more information.
I’ve used Dixit with teens in intermediate level, conversation class of mixed-level learners and upper intermediate so far. And they all love it so much! I think the cards also are great and could be used as prompt to promote creative writing. I haven’t used or adapted for lower levels yet, but I intend to.
Now with Apples to Apples because of the vocabulary (adjectives in the green cards), I decided to prepare learners using Vocabulary.com. Here is the link to the vocabulary list I created for them to practise online before the actual game. I also asked my learners to get 5 green cards and add the words to their notebook and then create a vocabulary log before introducing them to vocabulary.com a week later. Some students are still keen to using paper instead of digital tools. Despite my effort to create the list, that will of course be used by other learners, not many of them played with the list.
The drawback of using party games is time. It takes at least an hour to play a round, but students in intermediate level upwards have a great chance to put their English into practice in a relaxing, fun and stimulating situation. If you want to break the routine of the class while promoting language practice, party games would be a great alternative.
So far all authentic games I’ve used has been widely accepted and appreciated by the learners. I’m looking forward to buying more games this year + the expansion cards for Dixit and Apples to Apples.
Not a party game but students also loved it! Royalty. I haven’t used the dices yet.
Do you use authentic games in the classroom? Is there any reason why you wouldn’t use them? What would your suggestions be?