ESL Quiz Games

ESL Quiz Game

ESL Quiz Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Any Level - 25 minutes

Here is a fun ESL quiz game that you can use with large classes. Divide the students into four teams and have each team choose a name. Draw a six-by-six table on the board. In the first column, put the categories, e.g. sports, verbs, movies, etc. Put points in the other column headings, going from low to high. Tell the students that the categories represent the types of questions and the points represent the difficulty of the questions. Explain that any student can answer any question. Students must also put up their hand to answer and answer in sentence form. Choose a category and point value and start the quiz off with that question. The first student to put up their hand and answer correctly wins the square for their team and the points assigned to that square. Write the winning team's name in the square. The winning team gets to choose the next category and point value for all the teams to try to answer. The game continues until all the squares have been taken. The team with the most points wins the quiz.
 

Guns, Bombs and Angels

ESL Quiz Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Any Level - 20 minutes

This entertaining ESL quiz game can be played as a general knowledge quiz, or you can use it to review question and answer forms the students have been learning in class. Divide the students into four teams and assign each team with a number 1 to 4. On the board, draw an empty grid with numbers at the top and letters down the side. Also, draw a scoreboard for the four teams. Draw five stick men next to each team's number. Each stick man represents a life. On the board, draw a big gun, small gun, a bomb and an angel. Explain that a big gun means take two lives from another team. A small gun means take one life. A bomb means lose a life and an angel means win a life. Explain that behind each square on the grid is a big gun, small gun, a bomb or an angel. Before the teams can choose a square, they must answer a quiz question correctly. Take it in turns to ask each team a question. If a team answers correctly, have them choose a square from the grid. When they have chosen a square, look at your prepared grid and draw a big gun, small gun, bomb or angel accordingly. The team can then take a life or two from another team, or lose/win a life (a stick man). If a team answers incorrectly, move on to the next team. The last team left standing wins the game.      
 

Join the Dots

ESL Quiz Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Any Level - 25 minutes

This is a strategic ESL quiz game for students of all ages. Divide the students into three teams. Assign each team with a number 1 to 3. Draw a five-by-five dotted grid on the board. Draw the dots about three inches apart so that they can be easily seen by the students. Give a different coloured pen/chalk to each team. Take it in turns to ask each team a quiz question. If a team answers correctly, they connect two of the dots with a line either horizontally or vertically. The aim of the game is to join the dots together to make squares. When a team forms a square as a result of drawing a fourth line, they write their team's number in the square and have another turn. The game is over when all 16 squares have been completed. The team with the most squares wins the game. You can increase or decrease the size of the grid to make the game quicker or slower, but the bigger the grid, the more questions you will need to ask.
 

What's the Question?

ESL Quiz Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

This engaging ESL quiz game is ideal for practicing 'Wh' questions. In the game, students form questions from sentences. Divide the class into four teams and have each team choose a name. Draw a seven-by-seven table on the board. In the first column, put points 100 to 1000. Put question words in the other column headings. Tell the students that the question words represent the types of questions and the points represent the difficulty. Explain that you are going to read a sentence and that the students must try to guess what the question is. Choose a question word and point value and start the quiz off with that sentence, e.g. Where? 300. Read the corresponding sentence from the game sheet twice at a natural speed. The first student to put up their hand and form the correct question wins the square for their team and the points assigned to that square. Students only get one try and may not write the sentence or get any help from their teammates. If a student makes a mistake, a student from another team can put up their hand and try to form the question. Write the winning team's name in the square. The winning team gets to choose the next question word and point value for all the teams to try to answer. If the teams get stuck, repeat the sentence again. If no one asks the correct question, move onto another square and try to come back to it later in the game. The game continues until all the squares have been used. The team with the most points wins the quiz.
 
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