My Favourite ESL Board Game

wpid-fotor_143753847704931.jpgI love playing board games or card games with my after school students. They have just completed an entire day of school, so by the time they come to me they are tired. For my after school program, I have the freedom to do whatever I want with the students so I usually try to make it fun for them.wpid-fotor_143787488203962.jpg

This year, we ordered some new board games and one of them definitely outshone the rest. That was the game, Word On The Street.

I love this board game because it can be used for all different levels (I use it with beginners, learning their ABC’s, right up to my smart 6th grade students).

So how do you play it?

Well you have two teams (they can be as big or as small as you want) I usually play 2 or 3 on a team because my classes are small.

You must then set up the board, putting the ABC markers on the road.wpid-fotor_143753855755160.jpg

You then choose a card for a team. The cards can vary a lot. Some of the cards say “a color” or “an ice cream flavor”. Others say “something that runs fast” or “something a baby uses”. Some cards are too difficult for my students but would be perfect for middle or high school students.wpid-fotor_14378748315001.jpg

For my lower level students I then take some time for them to name some answers for me. My higher classes, I start the timer straight away.

The students must then spell words and move the letters towards them. I spell the words for my lower level students and focus on them trying to find the letters on the board. For my higher level, I just moderate to make sure their spelling is correct.wpid-fotor_143787627784269.jpg

Once the timer finishes, you change team. If a team moves a letter three spaces towards them then they keep the letter and it’s a point. But if a letter is closer to the other team, a team can try to spell words with that letter in it to move it away from the other team.

My kids absolutely love this game and it’s great for their reading and spelling too.

2 thoughts on “My Favourite ESL Board Game

    1. Hmm…my co-teacher gave me the website when I was ordering but I can’t remember it now. I’ll ask tomorrow and see if either of my co-teachers know it 🙂


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