Updated 24 May 2015
I’ve always hated TEFL board games with dice (“Speak for a while with no particular purpose and then roll a dice to decide who actually wins the game”) and now almost always play board games where their actual speaking decides how many squares students move. There are other useful speaking games with dice, however. Most of these involve challenging the other people in the group to come up with a good question on a particular topic, with a particular tense, with a particular exam format etc depending on which numbers come up, but first one good way of using dice with board games:
The most useful use of dice in board games
A much better use of dice than to move around the board is to decide what challenge students have to do to be able to go to the next square, and that is made better still if they make challenges for each other. For example in my Air Travel Challenge Board Game they make up six challenges that could happen at the stage of the journey represented by the square that someone is on (e.g. “One = the trolley breaks. Two = you can’t find a trolley. Three = the trolley is too heavy to push. Four = you bump into another passenger. Five and six no challenge”), then the dice is thrown to see which of those situations they must successfully roleplay to be able to progress.
Other good dice speaking games
IELTS Speaking dice game and questions review (with typical question stems for all parts of the speaking test)
IELTS Speaking Part One past, present and future dice game (the same as above but with six different times and some presentation of useful time clauses)
IELTS Speaking Part One dice game and questions brainstorming (new variation on and extension of the worksheet above with different times and topics)
FCE Speaking dice and cards game (this time with cards to give more of a range of topics and the dice including typical tasks from different parts of the Speaking test like “compare” and “opinions”)
Sure there must be many other good dice games, so links below please – but any to board games where students “Tell us about your family” then could win by throwing a six however badly they do so will be instantly deleted!
Many more TEFLtastic classic games here.