Monday 17 September 2012

Design a game

You are going to
  • look at game instruction videos
  • practise zero conditional, imperatives, language for explaining
  • invent, design and make a game (inc. game rules)
  • present and explain your game to others

1) Discuss
Think of some games (board games, computer games, word games, card games…)
  • How do you play the game? (instructions, rules)
  • What do you need to play the game? (dice, cards, pieces…)
  • What do you have to do in the game? (answer questions, throw dice….)
  • How do you win the game? (score points, win money…)

2) Watch Video 1 - How to play Monopoly
  • Have you ever played Monopoly?
  • How do you play it?
  • What do you need to play it?
Watch and find out

3) Do the matching exercise. 
Put the instructions in order.

4) Watch Video 2 - How to play Scrabble
  • Have you ever played Scrabble?
  • How do you play it?
  • What do you need to play it?
 Watch and find out

5) Do the gap-fill exercise. 
Fill in the gaps with the correct phrase.

Printable worksheets here

6) Grammar
Look at "How to play Scrabble" again
  • Can you find any imperatives?
  • Can you find any conditionals? What kind?
  • What happens to the verb after "by"
  • What words do you use to state a purpose?

7) Group activity
Design a game competition
In groups you are going to INVENT, DESIGN and MAKE a game.
It MUST be ORIGINAL (not a copy of an existing game)
  • give it a NAME
  • MAKE it (all the pieces, board, cards, dice etc)
  • write some RULES and INSTRUCTIONS for it and then 
  • DEMONSTRATE, EXPLAIN and SHOW how to play it to the rest of the class.
  • Everyone votes for the best game
  • Try and use some of the language you have seen in the lesson (imperatives, Zero Conditional, so that....)

GOOD LUCK and may the best team win!

Online Scrabble


  1. i want it ones to play with my child. how??

    1. There are lots of games for young learners here

  2. Great idea :) and I think students will enjoy it. What program do you use to make the gap-fillings, and matching activities?

    1. Thanks for commenting.
      I use hot potatoes
      and embed them from dropbox