Teaching Activities for the ESL Classroom: Charades

Charades for Teaching Vocabulary

In the classic game of charades, students mime action verbs while the others watch.

The class guesses the demonstrated verb and makes sentences in the present continuous tense. In this way, students see, feel, hear, and say the word.

How to Play Charades

  1. Divide the players into two teams, preferably of equal size.
  2. Divide the slips of paper between the two teams.
  3. Select a neutral timekeeper/scorekeeper.
  4. The teams temporarily adjourn to separate rooms, to come up with words to put on their pieces of paper.
  5. Students from each team are given a minute to do mimics so their team mates guess the word.
  6. Keep track of the points earned by each player or team. The one with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Charade Word Generator