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Can/Can’t ESL Activity

Are you looking for a quick game when you’re teaching can/can’t. Then keep on reading to find out more about this fun one!

Can Can’t ESL Game

This can can’t ESL game is great for practicing speaking, listening and writing. It’s a game for children or adults, but the content is usually covered with children more than adults. Can/Can’t is a very basic grammatical concept.

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To play this can can’t ESL game, 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 that I give the students are:

Animal: Giraffe

  1. It can eat leaves
  2. In Korea, it can’t live 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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