This game is quite a well-known one. It is currently being aired on television in Malaysia, and is called “Win, Lose, or Draw.” You can play it with as many teams as you like, preferably keeping it to a maximum of four or five teams.

Instead of giving the students the words to draw, I find it even more effective if you get the students to concoct the words themselves. The words should be “drawable,” not too easy nor too difficult.

Give the groups about 10-15 minutes to come up with the words; then the teacher should go round to the different groups to check out the words. Tick out those that are suitable and try and offer alternatives for those words that you consider unsuitable. Each topic should then be written out on a small piece of paper which can be rolled or folded up. Then, collect all the topics and place them in separate boxes in front of you.

The game is then played as follows:

–          Divide your class into groups.

–          Start with the first group. A member of the group should come to the front of the classroom and pick out a piece of paper containing a topic given by members of the other groups. S/he then has to draw the topic on the blackboard once the timekeeper gives the “begin” signal.

–          Appoint someone to keep time. A student has a maximum of 60 seconds to draw the object. This can vary according to your students’ abilities.

The objective is to try to score as few points as possible.

The task is for group members to try to guess what the student is drawing in as little time as possible.

The student doing the drawing cannot talk, make any sound, nor act out the word. Only when his/her group members have guessed the word correctly, can s/he indicate or gesticulate that they have done so.

The teacher has to be alert and listen carefully whilst the students try to guess what their friend is drawing. Once they have guessed the topic correctly, the teacher stops the action.

The timekeeper announces the time taken and records it on the board.

After this, the next group takes its turn. The game can be played for many rounds.

Students in each group should take turns drawing.

At the end of the game, the scores are tallied. The group with the fewest points is the winner.

This game is suitable for teaching vocabulary items, but phrases or sentences can also be given. For example, “singing in the rain,” “a school of fish,” “the fat woman fainted,” “the ostrich kicked the zebra,” “the spaceship landed on the moon,” etc. Tenses and sentence structures can also be introduced through this game.