MFL teaching resources - classroom games

Secondary MFL classroom games

Games are motivating and useful, particularly for 5 minute slots at the beginning or end (or middle) or a lesson, but they can also be time-consuming to make and difficult to think up the night before a lesson. It is also easy to get stuck in a rut with a couple of game formats that you already have up your sleeve. Here is a bank of game ideas - most are templates that can be easily customised to suit different languages, ability levels and key stages.

French games

Wipeout style infinitives game

  • This particular game focuses on identifying infinitives, but what I particularly like is the template and idea of borrowing the ‘Wipeout’ game format for the languages classroom. There are many more uses to which this game format could be put!

General Knowledge quiz

  • I like this quiz because it is in French and because it combines a lot of general knowledge questions with language Y7 will have learnt.

GCSE French tenses revision board game

  • A game for GCSE learners to play in groups or pairs, focusing on verb conjugations in different tenses. New versions of the game can be created easily by changing the verbs.

Y7 Revision Blockbusters French

  • This adaptation of the Blockbusters game format is nice because correct answers reveal visuals of French places and tourist attractions.

Guess Who

  • A simple, yet effective single sheet version of the Guess Who game that students can play in pairs.

Guess Who

  • A sophisticated version of the Guess Who game that can involve whole class as well as individual work.

French Games

  • A set of resources including a bank of suggested games for the French classroom. Although suggested for KS2, I think many could also be used very successfully at KS3.

Easter Cluedo - French

  • An Easter version of cluedo. Learners have to identify the killer, the weapon and the murder location. This version is very nicely made and ready to use, but the cluedo idea can be used as a starter activity with different vocabulary too.

Penalty Shootout Template French Plenary/Starter

  • A very clever use of PowerPoint to create a visually very engaging game template. Teachers input their own questions so the resource is easily customisable for all classes.

French Cultural Awareness (Game board)

  • A card game with accompanying game board to develop learners’ cultural awareness at KS3.

German games

German Grand Prix Game

  • A very intricate and inventive PowerPoint creation - visually very pleasing and super easy for teachers to adapt and use.

Elfmeterschiessen starter

  • A very clever use of PowerPoint to create a visually very engaging game template. Teachers input their own questions so the resource is easily customisable for all classes.

Easter Cluedo - German

  • An Easter version of cluedo. Learners have to identify the killer, the weapon and the murder location. This version is very nicely made and ready to use, but the cluedo idea can be used as a starter activity with different vocabulary too.

Sentence Auction

  • Useful version of a very good activity in which students place bets on the accuracy of different sentences. The idea is transferable to all levels, abilities and topics.

Germany quiz (nice for 1st lesson)

  • As it says ‘on the tin’, this quiz is a very good introduction to Germany for beginner classes.

Simpsons German Guess Where game

  • A very clearly explained pair game activity (with excellent visuals), which encourages speaking, in particular question-forming.

Millionaire Body parts

  • There are lots of versions of the millionaire game, some better than others. This one is easy to use and adapt, has the music and an excellent solution to the 50:50, phone a friend and ask the audience components.

Questions Board Game

  • I like this game for 2 reasons in particular: firstly, it focuses on asking as much as answering and secondly, the template is easily adaptable to other topics, phases, languages.

Lying Game

  • A useful idea which encourages both writing and speaking in the target language.

Spanish games

Speaking practice

  • Excellent template for 2-team speaking practice game - this example has language from theme of school but very easy to adapt to all languages, all levels and all topics

Telepathy - Self and P Identity - basic

  • This is one example of the speaking pair game in which students guess each other’s answers by saying each sentence correctly. Also called clouds or trapdoor the game can be adapted to suit any topic, ability level or key stage.

Repaso de verbos

  • A battleships game to revise verbs. Can be used for any tense and also easily adapted to include different verbs.

Blockbusters template Spanish

  • A very well made, innovative and versatile version of the Blockbusters game.

Alphabet game - Spanish version

  • A whole class game played in groups, whereby the students come up with as many words as they can in a given category beginning with a given letter. The template can be customized easily to include different categories and letters.

Blockbusters Template

  • Simple IWB version of Blockbusters template. Simple to adapt by inserting a picture or verbal cue onto each hexagon.

Millionaire template in Spanish

  • A very good version of this popular game - easily customizable.

Pescar la frase correcta - datos personales - repaso

  • IWB game against the clock - students come to the front and race to try to pull out and correctly complete each sentence. The template can be adapted to different language fairly easily.

Easter Cluedo - Spanish

  • An Easter version of cluedo. Learners have to identify the killer, the weapon and the murder location. This version is very nicely made and ready to use, but the cluedo idea can be used as a starter activity with different vocabulary too.

Cluedo en espanol

  • A starter activity based on the Spanish version of the real Cluedo game.

Cops and robbers Spanish game

  • Very inventive game layout and the categories/tasks can be easily changed to suit different classes.

Daily Routine games

  • A set of games resources for the theme of daily routine in Spanish.

Spanish Pub quiz

  • A very nicely designed 4-round quiz.

Holidays - Running dictation

  • Text to use for running dictation with Y9 Spanish classes. The game idea itself is obviously adaptable to all classes.

Detective game

  • Very nicely designed activity in which students search for answers in 4 different texts placed around the room. A model that is easily replicated using a different set of texts for other topics, levels and languages.

El colegio pictionary

  • A lot of work has gone into this version of the well-known game.

Games for all languages

Splat the teacher

  • A simple, yet effective PowerPoint template for a 2-team game involving 10 questions. The ‘splats’ 1-9 for each team just chart the progress of each team – the final number 10 ‘splat’ gets the teacher.

Lottery Game

  • A nice variation on bingo - this excel sheet randomly generates 4 numbers between 1-20 each time. (NB: To ensure language practice is involved, don’t project the sheet for the class to see!)

Word Sudoku

  • A very handy template for creating word Sudoku activities - teacher just follows the instructions given to customise the resource for his/her own set of vocabulary.

10 question starter plenary learning game

  • A very nicely designed PowerPoint template for a 10 question starter or plenary activity - the teacher inputs the questions so can be used for any language and any level required.

Bingo cards numbers 1-99

  • A useful set of number cards for bingo using numbers 1-99 and a template for teachers to record the numbers as they use them.

Mastermind instructions

  • Instructions for teachers on how to play the game Mastermind.

Treasure hunt quiz on anything you like

  • This is a very simple but effective template for an end of lesson or unit quiz.

Snakes and Ladders

  • Easy to edit/adapt for different classes, this straightforward Snakes and Ladders template is a very handy resource for languages teachers.

Noughts and crosses multi topic ppt that behaves like an IWB

  • This PowerPoint has a macro embedded that means you can drag and drop the Os and Xs just as you can in IWB. It’s easy to add different versions of the game too by adapting this template.

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