Taboo: an ESL Speaking Game for Kids and Adults

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ESL Taboo: Speaking Activity for Kids and Adults


This is an excellent ESL speaking game for kids or adults to review vocabulary words at the end of a unit and also to practice using synonyms. Make up a list of around 20-40 words, depending on how long you want to play. Put them on a grid and cut them out, one set per group of 4.

Put students in groups of 4 and give them one set of words. The first student selects the first word (they are face-down and hidden) and has to describe the word, but cannot say it. The other three students can guess what it is. An incorrect answer means that that person is out for the rest of the round. A correct answer means that the student takes the paper, gets one point and is the next person to select the next paper.

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