A full list of all games and activities

  • Collecting "Me Too's"

    With the goal of eliciting a response of "Me too.", students walk around and talk to many different students in the class. Use this activity to practice using "I like ~." or "I don't like ~."

  • Collecting Letters

    To practice the question and answer for "What do you want?", students exchange letter cards trying to spell out simple words. When a word is complete, points are earned.

  • Composed Conversations

    This junior high warm-up gives students some thinking time to compose what they want to say (and write it down) before they do some mingling while using the target phase of the day.

  • Concentration

    The concentration game is a game of memory and recall. The students have to remember what has been said before them, then they have to recall the English vocabulary of the lesson (or previous lessons) to add their own word.

  • Conjunctions: And, But, Then, So

    This conversation class activity uses the four conjunctions (and, then, but, so) to join a series of past tense sentences. Doing this, students must create a story that describes a very ordinary day.

  • Count Around the Circle

    A classic for practicing numbers is the count around the circle game. Easy in concept, but because students tend to learn numbers once then not have much chance to use them after that, they fall out of practice. For that reason, count around the circle is also a good review warm-up for any lesson with many variations.

  • Country Ranking Game - Bigger/Smaller

    Students really get into this game of ordering countries based on their geographic size. "Australia is bigger than Japan." is the grammar used and students really get a good go using it in this game.

  • Criss-Cross (Tate-Yoko)

    Criss-cross or tate-yoko as it is known to most Japanese junior high students is a simple junior high warm-up game where you can avoid questions or may have to answer depending on if you are in the row or column of the person in the spotlight at that moment.

  • Describe and Draw: There is ~ on ~.

    In this activity, one student describe an image to her partner who has to try and draw the image by description alone. Because success depends on understanding and being understood, you'll see a real effort to communicate successfully.

  • Design a Superhero - He can...

    This activity might take a large portion of class time so you'll need to be sure the JTE is on board for that. In this activity, students will have to get creative, use their group work skills, negotiate, and even get a bit artistic so it's really great for building important life skills in addition to the English grammar point of the day.

  • Do you have (something in your fridge)?

    Students ask each other about what they have in their fridge at home, right now. A mundane daily recall activity for all us home cooks but in the English class this becomes a fun thing for students to ask each other about. This activity also includes writing the English words.

  • Do you have a pen? - Hidden stationary game

    Students hide some stationary behind their back and their partners guess what it is.

  • Do you know....? vocab

    In the "Do you know....?" Game, you're the game host of a Jeopardy style game and the JTE is the judge and scorekeeper! Your students compete in teams to accumulate the most points for fame and glory, or just stickers - whatever comes first!

  • Don't Stop Talking Challenge (Elementary)

    Students challenge their partner to see who can say the most things. The person who can't think of something to say within 5 seconds loses and the game is over.

  • Drawing Activity for Tall/Short or Long/Short

    Students make a fold out extend-a-picture that they can show off to their friends while using tall/short or long/short to describe their drawings. Once you show an example, your students will be eager to get artsy and create their own.

  • Facial Features - Draw a Face

    A fun English lesson activity for studying the facial features vocabulary. You can keep it very simple just using the nouns: nose, eyes, ears, etc, or you can include an easy question and answer.

  • Fill in the Alphabet

    This blackboard writing challenge works best in small to medium sized classes. Students are running around, writing letters on the blackboard, and competing against the other team(s) so there's a lot of movement and a lot of energy. Everyone loves this game!

  • Find Your Partner

    Find your partner is one of the most basic games for English lessons around and so simple that you can adapt it to fit pretty much any lesson's target phrase/language or vocabulary set.

  • Five of a Kind

    Five of a kind is a game where students try to collect five (or any number really) of the same card. It's a flexible template that can be applied in many different ways.

  • Fly Swatter Game

    The fly swatter game is kids whacking the blackboard with (clean, I hope) fly swats. Every teacher knows this game and students love it. Good for reviewing vocab and just having a good time.