Games for ESL Classroom

Trash Bin

Subject: Vocabulary


Skills: Writing, Listening, Speaking

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 10+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 10-15 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A trash bin

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: (1-2 minutes).

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

2. Point to the trash bin in the classroom and tell each player to write in their notebook as many items as possible, which can fit in it, e.g.: an apple, a pen, a shoe, etc. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While they are working, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.

How to Play. When everyone has finished, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite Player А to read aloud the first word on their list. The other students cross out this word from their lists. This time, it is Player B, whose turn to read aloud their word and so on. A student, who cannot say an appropriate word, drops out of the game. The activity continues around the circle as long as only one participant is left. This last remaining player becomes the winner of the game.