Can/Can’t ESL Game

A fun ESL speaking, listening and writing game for children or adults that you can play to help your students learn can/can’t is the following:

Put the students in teams of 2, 3, or 4 depending on how big your classes are. They have to pick 1 animal, and 1 thing, but must keep it a secret from the other teams My 2 examples often are:

Animal: Giraffe

  1. It can eat leaves
  2. It can’t live in Korea outside of a zoo
  3. It can see easily over tall things

Thing: Air Conditioner

  1. I can see it now
  2. It can be bad for the environment
  3. It can help me in the summer but it can’t help me in the winter.

The students write their 2 secret words, as well as their 3 hints for each one. Then you collect the papers and use them to play a game. There are various ways you can do it, but I will go in a circle based on where the teams are sitting. The team whose paper I’m reading has to be quiet and can’t give hints. The first team get the first hint and then they can have a guess. If no answer, the next team gets hint #2 and a guess and so on it goes. If the three hints don’t do it, I’ll give additional hints so make sure your students write the answers on the paper as well.

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