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an old classic

Here’s one of my favourite go-to games: Back to the Board (or B2B). I didn’t invent it and I can’t even remember who taught it to me but I’ve been using it for years and it’s extremely useful.

It’s basically a guessing game but it’s very flexible. It can be used for vocabulary and grammar revision, in pairs, groups or even as a whole class.

Basically, one student sits with his/her back to the board. Not surprising, really. They must not see what is written on the board. You write a word, phrase or sentence on the board. The other students (who can see the board) must explain to the “blind” person what is written on the board so they will guess what it is. They can use any words except what is on the board.

Example: apple

“It’s a fruit. It’s green….” [You get the point]

What makes this game fun is when you add in some really random words, like “McDonalds” or “Michael Jackson”, more abstract concepts, like “happiness” or “sympathy”, idioms and even sentences, like “Next weekend I think I’ll go to the beach if it’s not raining”. You’ll be amazed at how creative your students are, and what a little competition can do for enthusiasm and energy levels.

Particularly recommended if you’re a bit grumpy and can think of really difficult constructions to trip up your students.


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