Without naming names, the trouble with ELT game sites is that they often feel like ELT game sites. Too much focus is placed on reviewing a certain grammatical concept and too little on making the activity fun for children. It may be just my own personal hang-up, but I think a classroom game needs to be really fun or what’s the point?
The Game Gal is just the opposite of ‘those’ kinds of sites by the virtue of the fact that it really isn’t intended for teaching English at all. Just a steady stream of wholesome family fun with tons of crossover appeal in the ELT world. I’m constantly mining its archives for new gems.
Here are a few examples:
- Pictionary – There are almost a dozen free word lists organized by theme that you can download for free. You don’t even need a board to play, just check out one of my older posts.
- Charades – Instructions and word lists of various difficulty levels of this classic game are available for free. Check out Picturades while you’re at it.
- Speed Scrabble – Try this new take on my favorite board game.
- Categories – A classic game I’ve been playing for years with my youngest learners but which I’ve sadly neglected with my older kids. Check out the list of categories. It’s good stuff!
- This or That – A quick and easy ice breaker that will get your kids talking.
There’s so much else to sort through. Do yourself a favor and just check it out.