Want to get your class talking in English? Working in groups? Engaged with the lesson?
This game is great for ELA/ESL/EFL students from middle school up through adults, but could also be used in any class to encourage group cohesion.
I have also used variations of this game at the pre-college level with great success. Included are slides of famous places, landmarks, celebrities, food, etc.
The goal of the game is to get students speaking and describing items creatively. This brings out the more shy students as well as the outspoken ones. This is especially good for an icebreaker or end of the quarter/semester activity.
The game works by making two or three groups, and then having them choose one representative each. Each representative faces away from the screen, smartboard, etc., as the groups describe the picture to the rep without saying any of the words on the screen. If they do say one of the "taboo" words, they will lose a point.
If the rep says the target word, their team gets two points. This can sometimes take 3-5 minutes as students are exclaiming their descriptions.
Every time I have done this game, the students get really excited and into it. You could also use it with teaching Adjective Clauses and markerboards, where the group rep has to write down the target word with an adjective clause i.e. (The man who lives in the White House is Obama).
Depending on how you use it, it could be broken up into a couple of classes.
The time allotted should be at least 30 minutes and up to 45 minutes. Depending on how you use it, it could take up the whole class.