ESL Video Games Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan will help you develop ESL learners' vocabularies related to video games as they play a game, discuss it in a conversation, and write a game review that is shared with the class.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify vocabulary terms related to video games
  • use new vocabulary in oral conversations
  • use new vocabulary in writing
  • write a review of a video game


75-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 4-5.1

An ELL can construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

  • ELP 4-5.2

An ELL can participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

Materials Needed

  • Miscellaneous video game equipment to display
  • School-appropriate video games
  • Vocabulary handout
  • Scissors


  • Video game
  • Controller
  • Role playing game (RPG)
  • Avatar
  • Console
  • Game cartridge
  • Computer game
  • Software
  • Quest
  • Joystick
  • Arcade
  • Arcade game
  • Educational game
  • Gamer
  • Rating
  • MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game)
  • MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game)
  • Cheats
  • Power up
  • Strategy games

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