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/2011/06/Who-wants-to-be-a-Millionaire-template.pptWhy 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
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 14:31

      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
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 14:54

      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
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 15:30

      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
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 16:08

      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
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 16:32

      Actually, that's a really great idea muge. I've done the same thing with my 10-year-old son and it worked really well. Here's an example we made together for his 5th grade fen class.http://www.aslansimpson.com/2011/11/13/fen-powerpoint-oyunu/We prepared it so he could study and test his friends: they really loved it. 

      Yearinthelifeof's picture
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 16:34

      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
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 16:35

      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
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 16:36

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

      singerina's picture
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 16:38

      I love this game! I am going to try it out! Thanks a lot! :)

      Yearinthelifeof's picture
      Submitted on 25 January, 2012 - 16:47

      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.