By Kevin Fabris

June 3, 2015

5 - 10 Minutes, Baby, Big Class, EFL, ESL, Fun, Game, Guessing Game, Small Class, Some Materials Required, Speaking, Warm Up, Young Learner

Slow draw is a staple in most ESL / EFL teacher’s resource folder.  It’s fun, engaging and best of all really easy.

All you need is a white board, a marker and the slightest bit of artistic ability.

For this example I’m using animal cards.  The target language is “is it a __________?”. The answer is either “Yes, it is” or “No, it isn’t”.

How to play:

  1. Draw one or two lines from a picture and ask your class what it is.  Use the language “Is it an apple?” “Is it a dog?”
  2. Once your ESL / EFL students start using the target language to ask questions start to answer using the target responses “Yes, it is” or “No, it isn’t”.
  3. Slowly draw more lines in no particular order until the picture starts to reveal itself.
  4. Once a student guesses correctly finish the picture and say “Yes, it is.  It is a pig.

To add a little bit of competition to this ESL game you can draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid on the whiteboard and each of the slow draw pictures in one on the grid’s boxes. The first team to guess 3 pictures in a linear fashion (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) wins.


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