By Kevin Fabris

August 2, 2016

10 - 20 Minutes, Active, Answer, Big Class, Big Room, EFL, ESL, Fun, No Materials Required, Outside, Question, Small Class, Speaking, Word Game, Young Learner

Freeze tag is a classic children’s game that can easily be adapted into a great Outdoor ESL Game.  It works best with a large class and an even larger area to play.

The Details about Freeze Tag:

  • The game is fun, easy and can be adapted to almost any language target.
  • There is no preparation required.
  • There are no materials required.
  • A game of Freeze Tag can last between 5 and 30 minutes depending on the size of your class.

How to play this Outdoor ESL Game:

  1. Pick a Language Target to reinforce.  E.g. “How are you?”
  2. Pick a student or teacher to be it.
  3. The student that’s it tries to tag as many people as possible.
  4. Once a student has been tagged he/she must freeze in their place (that’s why it’s called freeze tag).
  5. If another student has not been tagged they can unfreeze people by using the lessons Target Language.  For this example let’s use “How are you?”.  If the frozen student answers the question i.e. “I’m fine” he/she is unfrozen and free to resume avoiding being tagged by the student or teacher that is it.
  6. If a student is caught not using the Language Target and still unfreezing themselves or one of their classmates both students are frozen in place.
  7. The game continues until every student is either frozen or the person that is it collapses from exhaustion (as is almost always the case when my class undoubtedly nominates the teacher to be it).
  8. Have fun.

Teaching Tip

If the game of Freeze Tag is taking too long simply tweak the rules.  At the end of the game tell the class that once you’ve been tagged you’re also “it” and must join in the chase for the remaining students.  This will bring even the longest games to an end very quickly.

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