ESL Games in the Classroom


Subject: Present Perfect


Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 10-15 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: (2-5 minutes).

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

2. Ask the students to take it in turns telling about experience, which they have never had in their lifetime.

How to Play. A typical game might start something like this:
Player A: I've never been to Japan.

Player B: I've never played golf.

Player C: I've never ridden a bike.

and so on around the circle.

The verbs must not be repeated! A player, who cannot say an appropriate sentence, drops out of the game. The activity continues around the circle as long as only one student is left. This last remaining player becomes the winner of the game.