A game for all levels of English above pre-Intermediate (B1, B2, C1, C2)
- Listening: understanding the rules of the game
- Listening: to other players
- Pronunciation: Practising saying words
- Vocabulary: Recalling and using words in English
This is a filler game. For example it can either be used when waiting for other members of the class to arrive or as a reward, especially for younger players, at the end of a teaching session.
It is quick, competitive and engaging. Learners are intent on winning and forget they are thinking and speaking in English because they want to win.
- two dice, if possible have one dice that is much larger than the others, if not use differently coloured ones
- whiteboard or blackboard to write up the target letter/s and the words used
Order of play
- Use a simple method to select who is the first player (last birthday, who last went to a party, who last ate a boiled egg, etc.)
- A letter or combination of letters is selected, usually by the teacher. This is the letter or letters that each word has to start with. The selected letter/s can be “e” or “ch”. (Note for harder variations you can designate that the target letter/s come at the end of a word.)
- The start player rolls the large target dice once and that number is the target number. Place this on a book or somewhere prominent so it can be seen be all and not knocked over!
- The start player by taking the “rolling” dice and tries to say a word that starts or ends with the target letter/s.
- If they say a correct word they roll the dice, if it is the same number as the target dice they have said the “last word” and won.
- If not, they pass the dice (or it is grabbed by the next player) and they have their turn.
- Repeat stages 5 and 6 as rapidly as possible.
Example of play
- The teacher selects a “ch” as the target letters.
- The player who last visited a shoe shop takes the target dice and rolls a “4”
- The first player says “charlie” and rolls a 3 with the rolling dice
- The next says: “chips” and rolls 5.
- The next says: “chimpanzee” and rolls 1.
- The next says: “chocolate” and rolls 4. The “last word!”
- They score 4 points under the advanced scoring or 1 point using the simple scoring rule.