Some ideas of using games in teaching English

Using games is one of the good ways to attract children in teaching English. Games mean the world to children. Thanks to games, children are more interested in learning English. It also motivates students to master English fast and easy.

Why should we use games in the classroom?

Well-chosen games are extremely useful because they help students to relax and allow students to practice language skills. Games are highly motivating since they are amusing and at the same time challenging. Moreover, the games deliver meaningful and useful language in real contexts. They also encourage and increase cooperation among students.

When to use games?

A game should keep all of the students involved and interested.

A game should encourage students to focus on the use of language rather than on the language itself.

A game should give students a chance to learn, practice, or review specific language material.

Which games are applicable?

Certain programs on TV or a video clip can be used by teachers to design suitable games for their students. More popular language games such as “Twenty Questions,” “The Whispering Game,” “Action” “Asking Yes/No Questions“ and “Slap the board” are applicable and appropriate in use.

Important things to consider when using games in the classroom

•           Games should be regarded as supplementary activities. The whole syllabus should not be based on games only.

•           When choosing a game, the teacher should be careful to find the game which is suitable for students.

•           Give clear instructions and example (if necessary).

•           The teacher should not force an individual to participate. Some learners may not want to participate due to personal reasons. Pushing students to participate usually does not have successful results.

•           A game which looks wonderful on the paper may not work in the actual classroom setting. If it is tiring or boring, it should be stopped.

In conclusion, using games is an efficient way to teach English in the classroom. It can help you get the best results in the classroom .Games also teach Students how to share their ideas and work as a team.



Using games in classroom


In my opinion, games are one of the most effective tools that most of the teachers often use in teaching activities in classroom to motivate students in lesson directly and develop their language competence (communicative competence).  Because teachers will use target language in giving instructions, so students also try to understand and use target language to persuade or negotiate their way to get success in during games. Thus, using games in class have an important role in improving students’ skills, especially communicative skill.

Moreover, Games offer students a fun-filled and relaxing learning atmosphere without nervous or stressful. It makes a funny and comfortable feeling in learners. They can pay attention in lesson and take part in actively and positively in new lesson. When do you play a game? The time you decide to implement a game, will also affect what kind of game you play. Games can stir or settle a class so you should choose according to the time of day or content of lesson, your particular students and their mood on that day!

Therefore, absolutely, games have a lot of benefit in teaching and learning activities, especially, learning activities as put learner into centered position, promote communicative competence, create a meaningful context for language use, increase learning motivation, reduce learning anxiety, integrate various linguistic skills, encourage creative and spontaneous use of language, construct a cooperative learning environment, foster participatory attitudes of the students.


There is variety of games which can be used in classroom:



Kim’s game


Word square

Action game

Slap the board

Simon say

Finger writing



Jumble word


Pass the card

Hit the card

Guessing game

Read and draw


Maybe, having a lot games in classroom based on what are the aims in class? What contents are in lesson that teacher want to transmit to?…

Thus, lesson can be more flexible and creative if teacher uses games in free time or a period of time in a day. I’m sure that students will feel very comfortable and funny in lesson without sleepy or nervous.


Game guessing the word , unit 17 – outdoor activities

In this lesson plan, I give an interesting game for Students to study English. Through game, students can review some new words related to outdoor activities. Please visit and leave your comment. Thanks a lot!

This game is designed to lesson 2, Unit 17– Outdoor activities

Game- unit 17 – outdoor activities




English 3 – Unit 19: Outdoor activities

Lesson 2: Game: Guessing word


1. Objectives

– Knowledge: Students will be able to:

+ Vocabulary: review name of some outdoor activities: play football, play badminton, fly, kite, cycle, etc…


– Skills:

+work in group


– Teaching aids: Chart and board


2. Procedure


T’s activities Purpose

Game: Guessing word (5m)

-divides class into 2 teams and tell the rule of the game.


Instruction: Each team chooses a leader go to the board and turn their back to the board. I will write down a word. The whole class will explain by action so that two leaders can understand, who can say the word first, their team will get 5 point. The winner is the team which has more points.


-asks the leader of each group go to the board and turn their back to the board.

+ Who is the leader of group 1?

+ Who is the leader of group 2?


-writes the words on the board


( Suggested word: play football, play volleyball, play guitar, swim, cycle, kite)



-asks whole class to describe the word without saying any things.


-the leaders have to guess the word base on the actions of their friends.


-gives 5 marks for each correct answers


-gives feedback


ð Introduce the lesson: Outdoor activities – lesson 2.










-to introduce the game and guide students play the game.
















-review the new words of  lesson 1










-introduce the new lesson.



In this lesson plan, I give an interesting game to involve students in the lesson. Through game, students can remember some new words and word phrases to identify some activities at school, ask and answer the structure about the actions. Please visit and leave your comment. Thanks a lot!

This game is designed to practice vocabulary from Section A-2, Unit 5– Sports and Games, (Page. 47, Let’s Learn English-Book 3)


Game: Lucky Number for Weather Vocabulary

In this lesson plan, I give an interesting game to involve students in the lesson. Through game, students can remember some new words to identify the weather, ask and answer about the weather. Please visit and leave your comment. Thanks a lot!

This game is designed to practice vocabulary and sentence pattern about the weather from Lesson 1, Unit 16 – The Weather, (Page. 42-43, TIẾNG ANH 3 – NXB GD & MOET)

Lesson plan English 3