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Games for Grammar review

The word “Grammar” itself makes students feel bored or even depressed. However, as it is one of the foundations of a language, they have to learn and know how to use the grammatical features. suggests some educational games for reviewing grammar. Then, while students enjoy playing games, they are revising their knowledge.

  • Shoot for Point

This game is suitable for any features, from the past and past participle verb form to special structures.

Use a large container or trash can as your “basket”, give your students a ball and have them shoot for points. Here’s the catch: you’ll ask them a question in past simple, and they’ll have to remember the past correctly in order to earn the chance to shoot. They can get 10 points for scoring or five if they miss (because at least they answered the question correctly). You can try any variety of this type of game, whether you use large balls or small ones, or even a wadded up piece of paper.

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  • Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe is another functional game that can be adapted to suit a wide variety of needs.

What you need to decide first is which grammar your students need to review for the test. Then, write the topics on nine index cards or large enough pieces of paper. Arrange the cards face down on a table or stick them on the board, in the classic Tic Tac Toe 3 x 3 grid.

Next, teams take turns choosing a square (you can add letters across and numbers down to make it easier to call out the squares). You turn over the card and reveal to your students the tense/structure/grammar point written on it. Students must then either provide an example or ask a question that another team member must answer correctly to get their X or O on that square. Of course, the first team that gets three Xs or Os across, down or diagonally wins.

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  • Snakes and Ladders

To play this classic game in your grammar review lesson, you’ll first need to prepare some cards: they may have verb tenses written on them, questions your students must answer or prompts from which to say a complete sentence.

The rules are simple, but the game is so much fun! Students must first choose a token to move around the board (a different coloured button for each will do nicely!) Then they take turns rolling the dice to move across the board. They must take a card and answer correctly to remain on that spot or move back two places if they are incorrect. If they land at the bottom of a ladder, and they answer correctly, they get to move up the ladder, but if they land on a snake’s head they automatically move down to where its tail is. Here’s an example you can use or create your own.

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  • Football!

This is a suitable game for students of different ages and levels

First, you’ll need to draw a playing field like this one on the board or a large piece of paper:

Next, divide your students into two teams. Place a “ball” token at the centre. Then, students must answer questions correctly to approach the posts and score a goal. For example, Team A answers correctly and moves right one step closer to their goal. Team B answers correctly and moves the ball left back to the centre. Team A answers incorrectly and can’t move the ball at all. Team B answers correctly and moves left one step closer to their goal. If Team A were to keep answering incorrectly and Team B correctly, then Team B will continue moving left to eventually score a goal. When a team scores, the ball moves back to the centre, and the team that did not score last starts. The team with the most goals wins.

So, what are your grammar games or activities? 



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