Games to play with teenagers in the English classroom.

This game is great for listening.

Arrange chairs in the classroom so that everyone is sitting in a circle. Give instructions like:  

  • Everyone who has a sister change seats
  • If you live in a flat or house with an even number change seats
  • If you are wearing brown shoes change seats
  • Everyone with blue eyes change seats

Again instructions can be graded so that even students with little English can play – using colours, clothes, family etc.

Those who fit the description must stand and change seats, the others remain seated. After a few turns, remove a chair at each instruction, so that one person does not manage to get a seat and they are out – they could then give the next instruction. The last student remaining is the winner.

Be careful with boisterous classes – there may be some overenthusiastic pushing.