ESL Games for High School

Christmas Time

Subject: Complex sentences


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

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 10-15 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation:  Not required

Immediate Preparation (3-5 minutes).

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

2. Write on the board:


Christmas is a time, when ...


3. In order to give an example, you can say, e.g.:


'Christmas is a time, when I get in touch with all my friends!'.


4. Ask the players to take it in turns to say similar phrases.

How to Play. A typical game might start something like this:

Player А: Christmas is a time, when there are a lot of decorations everywhere!

Player В: Christmas is a time, when I usually visit my relatives!

and so on around the circle.

A player, who cannot make an appropriate sentence, drops out of the game. The activity continues around the circle as long only one participant is left. This last remaining player becomes the winner of the game.