By Kevin Fabris

April 2, 2017

10 - 20 Minutes, Active, Answer, Big Room, Card Game, Easy ESL Games, EFL, ESL, Fun, Game, Guessing Game, Materials Required, Small Class, Vocabulary, Young Learner

This is a really fun game that sure to be a hit. You might know it as Pictionary, or Listen and Draw. It's great for vocabulary review and question and answer practice. A game usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

The Details About Pictionary:

  • You can use it to practice almost any vocabulary item.
  • The materials you'll need are a whiteboard, a few markers and some vocabulary cards or realia.  
  • A game usually lasts between 10 and 20 minutes depending on class size.

In this example we are teaching THINGS as our topic.  "Is it a bear?" is our Target Language.


  • Is it a  vampire watermelon?

Here's How To Play Pictionary:

  1. Split your class into teams.
  2. If possible set up two whiteboards facing in opposite directions like in the picture below.  This game works best if the  players can only see their teams drawings.
  3. Stand as far away from the whiteboards as possible so that your students will have to run to you find out which picture they'll be drawing.
  4. Pick one player per team to go first.  Give those students markers.  
  5. When you say go the students that are holding markers will have to run across the room from their whiteboards all the way to the teacher.  The teacher secretly shows those students a vocabulary card.  
  6. Then the students run back to their team's whiteboard and attempt to draw the picture from the vocabulary card.
  7. The students that are drawing are not allowed to talk!
  8. All of the other players have to try and guess what their team mate is drawing and then connect it with the lesson's language target.
  9. The first team that correctly guesses the vocabulary item and uses it in the correct sentence wins the round.
  10. Repeat until just before the game gets boring.


  • It has lots of question practice.
  • It's a great vocabulary review. 
  • It's really fun.

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