ESL Games for Pre-Intermediate Students

Christmas Fairy Tale

Subject: Spelling + Creative writing


This game is designed specially for the last lesson before Christmas.

Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 30-40 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes):

1. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting in a semi-circle in front of the board.

2. Write in big letters on the board:




3. Ask the students to make as many words as possible from these letters. So the letter'S' can be used twice in one word. While the game participants say their words, write them down on the board.

4. When there are no new ideas, ask each player to write a Christmas fairy tale in their notebook, using all the words from the board. Allow them a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While the students are writing, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.

How to Play. When everyone has finished, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite Player A to come to the borad, to stand facing the other game participants and to read out their fairy tale. Then it is Player B, whose turn to come to the board and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the fairy tales have been read out. The winner of the game is the student, whose fairy tale is considered to be the best. If necessary, you can ask the game participants to vote.


1. Since the task takes a long time to complete, it would be more feasible to set it for homework. In this case, the game itself should be carried out in the next lesson.

2. In order to orginize the assessment or/and vote, after Player A has read out their essay, you might give them an average mark, for example five points. Then you or/and other game participants assess the essay of Palyer B in comparison with that of Player A and so on.