This is both one of my favourite TEFL board games and one of my favourite revision games. If you like this and want more, please support TEFLtastic.
Updated 29 January 2020
There are two variations to this game, one of which is for extended speaking. Both versions were designed to avoid the negatives of most TEFL speaking board games:
– Random topics
– No reason to listen to the person speaking
– Who wins decided entirely by chance
Also work with kids (see Incredible English and Challenges 1 versions below) and are infinitely adaptable (e.g. stealing questions from a variety of board games below).
1. Extended speaking revision rotating board game
In the extended speaking version, students move by how long they can speak on the topic in the square (with time taken off for silent pausing), e.g. one square for speaking for 30 seconds, two squares for speaking for one minute, up to six squares for three minutes.
2. Basic revision rotating board game
This is more a basic revision of what they have learnt, with the number of squares being determined by the number of accurate sentences that they can come up with before they make a mistake, e.g. moving three squares for saying three true sentences with “can” about their partner (the fourth sentence having been grammatically incorrect and/ or factually wrong and so meaning they had to stop). As with that example, it’s best if the sentences need a factual as well as a language component to be correct and accepted, e.g. remembering things about the room or textbook without looking, or guessing something about their partner.
Elementary Revision Rotating Board Game (designed for Language to Go Elementary, but have used it successfully with other Elem classes)
For more of the same, a longer blog post and a proper article on board games here:
and more revision games here: