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Vocabulary - board games

ESL lesson about board games


In this ESL lesson about board games, students watch a video, learn games-related vocabulary and practise speaking

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan


At the beginning of this ESL lesson about board games, students do a warm-up task. They look at three games (chess, Monopoly and Scrabble) and need to say which of them they have played, as well as provide some details. Then, students look at sentences and decide whether they describe chess, Monopoly or Scrabble. The sentences contain game-related vocabulary (e.g. opponent, score points, roll the dice). Students also need to answer some questions about the games using the target vocabulary. Next, they watch the first part of the video and say where the speaker is. They also answer some questions about the idea of a board game library. After that, students watch the second part of the video and take some notes about several board games. 


After the video, students have a long discussion about tabletop games. For instance, they talk about their experience with the games from the video as well as other games. They also discuss cooperative games and how important winning is for them. In the final part of this ESL lesson about board games, students read some sentences and find types of the games in pictures (e.g. video game, jigsaw puzzle, crossword, mobile game). They also complete the sentences with some words that can be used to describe games (e.g. dull, educational, entertaining). Students also need to agree or disagree with the statements. Finally, students create a short presentation about a game they know. They can use a provided list of questions to guide them. 


This ESL lesson about board games also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students practise the use of the vocabulary from the lesson. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, cut it up and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.



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