Great games for the language classroom: Who wants to be a millionaire?

It's in the nature of game shows for the contestants to rack their brains looking for the correect answer. Why not adapt these game formats for grammar or vocabulary revision?A classic that I often use is 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' because it nicely offers the students a choice of four possibilities, from which they have to choose the correct one.I have a PowerPoint that is beautifully formatted for classroom use (I admit, I didn't prepare it myself).Here's a short video clip in which I explain how to prepare the game for class:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6YeLN0XWjAIf you want to download the PowerPoint template, here's the link:http://www.yearinthelifeofanenglishteacher.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/0...Why do I like this?

  1. Everybody knows this game, so you don't need a lot of explanation to set it up.
  2. It's flexible: you can use it for grammar structures, vocabulary, or revision of topics.
  3. It's fun and builds up motivation to complete the game.

If you have any ideas about how to use this in class, please comment!  

Average: 4.3 (16 votes)


muge_'s picture

It's a really nice game. I think I can easily adapt this to my elementary classes or young learners. I can paste a picture in the question part and just ask the name for the vocabulary item to make it easier.  Thanks a lot for sharing the template too.

gulnur's picture

Wow! I love it. Thanks Adam. Another alternative when the theme/ unit finishes, I can use this game. Perhaps, I can put the quiz questions here and see how much they learn.Thanks Again, Bright idea.Gulnur

kbrkcmn's picture

I really liked the activity and I have no doubt that the learners will love it, too. but what if they answer incorrectly =)

sevim.acikgoz's picture

I think it is a very enjoyable game and it seems that your lectures are full of fun  :)We are waiting for other games :)Happy blogging

Yearinthelifeof's picture

Thanks, gulnur. This works really well as an alternative to a traditional end of unit quiz. In fact, sometimes I do this using end of unit quiz questions then assign the paper quiz as homework. Class stays fun but they also get the revision.

Yearinthelifeof's picture

You found the one problem with the game, kbrkcmn. I usually just keep giving hints until they get it right. Another tactic is to let the stronger students do the tougher questions.

Yearinthelifeof's picture

Thanks, sevim.acikgoz. I have a coıuple more games that are very adaptable. I'll be sharing them over the next few days.

Yearinthelifeof's picture

You're welcome, singerina. I've been using it for several years and it is very motivating for students. Don't use it too often, though.