Communication Games:
Creating opportunities for verbal interaction
Communication games are activities set up in
the classroom to create opportunities &
purposes for verbal communication practice.
Most of the time the purpose from these
activities is to convey information. Some of
the game provide practice in the use of a
particular language function such as giving
directions or asking questions. other games
ask students to work together & communicate
to solve a problem.
Suggested Communication Games
 Barrier games:
Two students sit back-to-back. One of them is
given a complete set of instructions that must
be conveyed verbally to the second one.
 Information sharing:
Each student has a part of information to solve a
problem , they must share their information to
find the solution.
 Inquiry & elimination:
a group of students work together. One
student has a set of information that must
be obtained by others through questioning.
Then the group decide the solution.
 Rank ordering:
a group of students work together to
suggest a solution to a problem then reach
consensus as to the rank of the usefulness
of each solution.
Modeling the game: model the way the
game is played by involving volunteers to
demonstrate the game . Review the rules &
display them on the board.
Identify a language need: By choosing a
category of communication game.
Organizing the pairs or groups: organize
the students in pairs or small group make
sure you have a fairly fluent English
speaker in each. Give them their task & get
them started .
Guiding the practice: move around the
room providing support &
Talking about the experience: after the
activity , ask the students to share their
experiences & the solution they
devised. Make a list of the vocabulary
they found helpful & discuss how it
was used.
 It can be used in many grade levels
& subjects.
 Give students the opportunities to
practice English communication
skills .
 Students can practice vocabulary.
 It reduces anxiety & the student are
more likely to be successful
because the situation are explained
in advance.
Thanks for listening
I hop you will use this strategy in your
classrooms in the future.
Rabia Al-Argan

Communication Games: Creating opportunities for verbal inter action