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10 Language Activities and Games To Keep Students Engaged

Language activities and games for students

Last Updated on April 21, 2024 by Bilingual Kidspot

Looking for the best language activities and games? Here you can find a range of language activities for kids, students, and adults, to help their language journey.

Language Games and Activities

Learning a new language can be a fun and reward, however there is more to than just textbooks.

Language skills flourish when learners engage in interactive and enjoyable language activities that challenge and stimulate their linguistic abilities. Kids and young students especially learn better when they are having fun.

Below you can find a variety of language activities and language games that not only make the learning process enjoyable but also enhance language acquisition and fluency.

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10 Language Activities & Games

Try these language activities for kids, students and adults and have fun while learning!

1. The Last Man Standing

This is one of our favourite language activities for all ages! The Last Man Standing game is an engaging language activity where participants take turns saying a word from a chosen category in the target language, with each word needing to start with the last letter of the previous word.

Players who hesitate, repeat a word, or can’t think of a word in time are eliminated, and the game continues until only one player remains.

This language game is great for all ages. It enhances vocabulary, quick thinking, spelling, pronunciation, grammar awareness, and it is an interactive and enjoyable way to learn and practice a new language.

2. Word Charades

Word charades is a classic language game that can be adapted to any language. Players take turns drawing a word card and acting out the word without speaking while others guess.

This game encourages vocabulary expansion, creative thinking, and the ability to describe concepts without relying on direct translation. It’s a fun language activity for kids, beginners and advanced learners to build expressive language skills.

3. Story Building Circle

One of our favourite language activities in any language. Everyone sits in a circle, and the first person starts to tell a story saying only the first sentence. After they have finished their sentence, move onto the next person so that each person contributes a sentence to create a collective story.

This exercise enhances grammar, sentence structure, and narrative skills. It can be a challenging language activity for students to think on their feet and use their linguistic resources to tell a great story that makes sense.

4. Categories

If you are looking for a language game to play for all levels this is one of our favourite engaging language activities that will keep students wanting more.

Each person has a piece of paper and pen. On the paper they divide into columns, usually 5-6 but as many as you like. Each column has a category, it might be an animal, a city, country, plant etc.

Start with a random letter of the alphabet and a timer for one minute (or a time of your choosing) Each person needs to write down words starting with that letter for each category. At the end each correct answer gets one point, however if two or more participants get the same answer the point does not count.

With this language game, you really need to think of the  most unique answer, and not just the most obvious, therefore vocabulary improves quickly and each person learns from each other.

5. Language Treasure Hunt

A language treasure hunt is the perfect language activity for kids and young students. It can be done indoors or outdoors. Create clues, riddles, or questions in the target language. They need to read and comprehend the language content carefully in order to solve the clues and find the answer.

This language activity not only sharpens reading skills but also encourages critical thinking and problem-solving in the language being learned.

6. Debate Battles

A great language activity for advanced learners is having a debate battle. These are great for encouraging students how to express their opinions in the target language.

Students are divided into teams and given a topic to debate taking turns in presenting their arguments. This language game focuses on persuasive language, formal vocabulary, and the ability to present arguments coherently.

7. Call my bluff

Do you have a poker face? This is a great language activity to see if students can you call a bluff. Students write down three statements about themselves. Two of them should be true and one a lie. The rest of the students need to ask questions about the written statements in order to try to guess which is the lie.

This is a great ice breaker game to help get to know each other while having fun. It is also a great language game that improves vocabulary, sentence structure, and practices speaking in the target language.

8. Language Karaoke

Language karaoke is an entertaining way to enhance speaking and pronunciation skills. It is fun because everyone loves to sing along to different songs, and it makes it much easier and enjoyable than reading words on paper.

Choose some fun songs in the target language and have participants sing along while reading the lyrics.  This language activity focuses on correct pronunciation, and rhythm. It helps learners get accustomed to the natural flow of the language and can significantly improve their spoken fluency.

9. Crossword Challenges

Crossword puzzles are great language games for reinforcing vocabulary and spelling. You can create your own crossword puzzles with clues in the target language, encouraging students to really think about word meanings and letter placement. Students can have a go at creating their own crossword too.

This language activity enhances word recognition, spelling accuracy, and helps with vocabulary too.

10. Odd One Out

This is a really simple language activity for kids, students and adults of all abilities. Simply make a list of at least 5 objects. They should all have something in common except for one. Students need to guess which object is the odd one out. Whoever guesses the correct answer first, then goes onto list their own 5 objects and it continues like this.

Language Games and Activities in Any Language

Engaging language activities and games inject fun and excitement into language learning making it more engaging for learners. From building vocabulary and improving pronunciation to fostering creativity and collaboration, these language activities offer a well-rounded approach to language acquisition.

Check out these language activities with your kids or students and let us know your favourite!

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