Super Tic-Tac-Toe

Super Tic-Tac-Toe

Introducing Super Tic Tac Toe, a delightful game that fits perfectly into high school or beginner adult ESL lessons.

Here's a quick prep you need to do before class:

Sketch a 5x5 grid on a piece of paper, giving you 25 squares in total. Fill them with every letter of the alphabet, skipping the letter "x". Then, draw another blank 5x5 grid on the classroom board.

Class Setup for Super Tic-Tac-Toe:

Begin by selecting a lesson topic. Let's say we're diving into "food" for this example. Your target language could be a restaurant dialogue.

Split the class into two teams. Get them into the groove with an A-Z Race related to the chosen topic. Once done, compile all the words on the board as a master list.

Playing Super Tic Tac Toe:

Kick start with team X posing the target question.

X: "Are you ready to order?"

Team O responds with a word from the A-Z race.

O: "Yes, I’d like a Hamburger, please."

Team X acknowledges.

X: "No problem."

Following this, mark an 'O' on the grid square corresponding to "H" (for Hamburger).

Then, the roles flip. For instance:

X: "Are you ready to order?"

O: "Yes, I’d like Noodles, please."

X: "No problem."

Now, mark an 'X' on the grid for the letter 'N' (for Noodles).

Keep the dialogue flowing, occasionally introducing variations. The aim? Get four Xs or Os in a row!

A tip: Keep a track on your paper grid. As the game progresses, it can get a tad challenging to follow. This game not only reinforces the target language but is also packed with fun, ensuring your students remain engaged. Happy teaching!

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