English Games in the Classroom


Subject: Modals


Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre- Intermediate

Recommended Age: 18+

Number of Participants: 4-8 players

Time: 20-25 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation (7-15 minutes). Write an election programme of five items, using modal verbs. It might look something like this:


1. Animal hunting must be prohibited.

2. Drug advertising have to be banned.

3. Littering the streets should be fined.

4. School kids don't have to wear a uniform.

5. People under 21 mustn't get a driving licence.


Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes).

1. In the first round, this is you, who plays the President. In order to carry out a demonstration game, tell the players to clap, if they like your 'election promise'. Being sure that they understand the task, read aloud your 'election speech'.

2. Invite each player to make a similar programme in their notebook. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While they 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 stand in front of the other students and to read aloud the first promise of their 'election programme'. As a result, Player A gets as many points as the number of clapping participants. Next, they read aloud the second item of their 'election speech' and so on. The game continues as long as all the 'candidates' have read out their 'election programmes'. At the end of the game, all the gained points are counted up. The player, who gets the most points in total, becomes the 'president'.