Speaking board games

opinions boardFor speaking board games, you need a dice (or do you prefer to say 'die'?) and a copy of the game board for 3-4 students. If you can enlarge the board to A3 size it will look better. You can get them to use coins as counters, but I prefer to get students to draw a little picture of themself on a scrap of paper to move around the board.

Anyway, students roll the die/dice and move forwards that number of spaces. They should answer the question (or in the opinions game, say whether they agree or disagree). They should always be encouraged to give reasons and examples. You could set a time limit (e.g. 1 minute) for how long they should talk.

Opinions Speaking Game - questions suitable for good pre-int and above.

B2 First exam speaking

This game gives practice of part 1 of the speaking exam. In this game, each group of 3-4 students gets a set of numbers 1-40, cut up and a copy of the game board. They take it in turns to pick up a number, and answer the question.

B2 First (speaking part 1) game

Pick a question

You need a pack of playing cards and a copy of the question sheet for each group of 3-5 students. Students take it in turns to pick a card, and answer the question which it corresponds to. For example, the King of Spades is "What was your favourite toy when you were a child?". A higher level class could write their own questions (one group writes Qs for hearts, another for diamonds and so on).

Example question sheet

Which is better?

Give students two nouns (e.g. love + money) and they discuss which is more important. Make it competitive by dividing students into As and Bs - A thinks love is better, B thinks money is better. After a couple of minutes, give another two nouns to compare. Can be used as vocabulary revision - get students to write nouns on little slips of paper, then they pick random pairs to discuss. A few other possible pairs are: cats/dogs, city/countryside, summer/winter, red/blue, watching/playing (sport). 

Would I lie to you?

This is a TV show where celebrities tell anecdotes and other panelists ask questions to guess if the story is true or a lie (follow this link for an example on YouTube). It's lots of fun to get your students to prepare their own anecdotes in the same way.

Just a minute

This is a staple of EFL classes, adapted from the Radio 4 comedy series in which comedians have 1 minute to speak on a subject, and other panelists interrupt them (and take over the topic) if they repeat themselves or deviate from the subject. Whoever is speaking at the end of the minute wins!