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ESL Charades Word List & Activity

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, teachers will learn about using the game of charades with English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom. A list of sample topics, words, and phrases will be included.

Using Charades in the ESL Classroom

Charades is a fun game that is enjoyed by many students, whether they are young, old, ESL students, or native English speakers.

A major benefit of playing charades in the classroom is that it helps develop students' listening, speaking, and reading skills, while also strengthening vocabulary.

How to Play Charades

First, you will need a stack of index cards. On each card, write a word or phrase. The words and phrases should be relatively easy for students to 'act out' without using any words. Make sure the word isn't too abstract unless you want to encourage creativity.

For example, 'eating' could be demonstrated by a student making a chewing motion with his or her mouth. However, the word 'dinner' would be much harder to present. In general, verbs and verb phrases work well in the game of charades, while many nouns and some adjectives can be difficult.

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