The big list of classroom language for playing games: The big list of classroom language for playing games
Summary: Useful words and phrases for using games in the ESL classroom
Roll a/ the dice
Winner (= First place)
Second place (= Runner up)
The wooden spoon (= Last place)
(Flip/ Toss a) coin/ Heads or tails?
Paper scissors stone/ Rock paper scissors
(Move) clockwise/ anticlockwise (= counter clockwise)
Pass (to the next player)
Minus one point/ Take away a point
Shuffle/ Mix (up)
(My/ Your/ His/ Her/ This team's) turn
Add up (the points)/ The total (score)
Round one/ The first round
Playing board games
Throw/ roll the dice (and move around the board)
You need one counter each (for example, an eraser or a coin)
Whose turn is it? / Who's next?
Is it my turn? / Am I next?
It's your turn. / You're next
Place your counter on start/ the first square/ Choose a different counter each and place it on "START".
The player with the highest number goes first
Play rock, paper, scissors to see who goes first
If you land on this square go back three squares/ take a card/ do the thing that is written there/ do the challenge that your partners set you
Take it in turns to throw the dice.
Move forward three squares.
If you throw a 6, have another go/ throw again
You need a board, a dice and a counter each. (Ask me nicely for those things)
What colour counter do you want/ would you like?
Playing card games
Face down (on the table)/ So you can't see them
Face up/ So that you can see them
In a pack/ Two packs
Spread across the table/ floor
Deal out all the cards
Give (three/ four/ five/ an equal number of) cards to each player (and put the rest in a pack in the middle)
Take a card from the pack (when it is your turn/ if you can't go)
The person with the most/ least cards is the winner
Pick a card (from this pack)/ Take a card from the top of the pack
Take five cards, but don't look at them (yet)
You can look at the cards, but don't show your partner
You can only have one guess
If you guess wrongly play passes to the next team/ you lose one point
Do you need a hint/ a clue/ more time?
Twenty seconds to answer
(Is that your) final answer?
Choose one question
You have to agree on an answer in your team/ group
Starting and setting up games
It's time for a game! / Let's play a game!
Tell me/ decide on your team names/ What are your team names?/ Write your team names here/ Choose a team name from this list
Clearing space and getting into position
Clear your desks/ Put your books and pencils away/ Make some room on your desk
Get into pairs/ groups (of two/ three/ four)/ Find a partner/ Find two/ three/ four partners
This is group/ team A (and this is group/ team B)
You (two), work together
Make/ get into two/ three/ four groups/ teams
(Make/ get into) a boys' team and a girls' team
Make/ stand in a circle
Make two lines/ Stand in two lines (from here to here/ facing the board/ between here and here)
Turn (all the way) round (and face each other/ face the other way)
Face this way/ Face the board/ window/ teacher/ back of the room
Come to the front please/ Come up here
Getting the right bits and pieces
Take one (worksheet/ dice/ counter) and pass them back/ pass them along
One (photocopy/ piece of paper/ counter) each
One (dice/ playing board/ pack of cards) for each group
Choose something that you can use as a counter (for this game, for example a coin, eraser or pen lid)
Pass (me/ your partner/ the next person) the ball
Ask me (nicely/ politely/ in English) for the pack of cards/ dice/ ball
Here you are! / Here you go!
Make sure there is/ are... in your set
What do (you think) we do with a/ this dice/ coin/ ball/ spinner/ sticky ball/ box of Lego bricks?
Who would like to demonstrate the game (with me)?
Does anyone already know this game?
Play moves clockwise/ anticlockwise (= counter clockwise)
Instruction checking questions
How long do you have to play the game?
Who is the winner?
How do you win the game?
Can you/ Should you...?
What are the rules?
What is this for?
What does this mean?
(Are there/ Does anyone have) any (more) questions?
Who'd like to start? / (Are there) any volunteers (to go first)?
Are you ready?
Ready, steady, go! / On your marks, get set, go! / Wait for it, wait for it, go!
Any (more) questions about how to play? No? Okay, start/ play the game!
Making sure the game moves along
It's your turn/ You're next/ You're up
Whose turn is it? / Who's next?
Try (it) again
Are you (100%) sure? / (Is that your) final answer?
(Go) back to your seats
That was fun, wasn't it? / Did you have fun?
Time's running out! / Only 10 seconds left. Ten, nine...
Time's up/ Three, two, one, zero! / Game over! / The game is over
(There will be) (just) one more question/ round
How many points did you get? / Add up your scores/ Count up your points/ cards
The person who has most/ least points/ cards is the winner
This team is the winner!
It's a draw/ Everyone wins! / Everyone's a winner!
.. and the prize is...