• Widely popular among the
general population early in
the 20th century.
• When the rise of the middle
class with disposable income
and leisure time made them a
receptive audience to such
• This popularity expanded
after the Second World
War, a period from which
many classic board games
What happens nowadays?
• Many BG are now available
as COMPUTER GAMES,
including the option to have
the computer act as an
With the internet, many BG
can now be played online
against a computer or
other players, even play in
• ESL Fun Games & Activities at ESL Games World
Free ESL Games, Online Interactive Games, Printable
Board Games, Card Games, Powerpoint PPT Games and
Game Templates to Build your own games. Hangman,
Snakes and Ladders, Jeopardy, Wheel Game and more.
Example:Word Skills Board Game:
Words Skills is :
• a fun game ,
• easy to play ,
• can be used to review word skills.
• Example: indicating the beginning sound
of a word, the ending sound of a word,
middle sound of a word, rhymes,
synonyms, and antonyms.
Can be used as :
•a stand alone board game, or
•as a supplement for reviewing the 7
core phonics units at Lanternfish ESL
(or any other similar phonics program).
• Why Word Skills?
They are a valuable tool for students:
*they set out on the road to becoming
•Being able to talk about words is
an essential skill language learners
will need .
they interact with their teachers to
figure out spelling, pronunciation, and
meaning of new words they encounter.
• The words skills include:
• identifying beginning sounds, middle
sounds, ending sounds,
• synonyms, antonyms and,
• if you use one of the advanced
versions, spelling and past tense of