ESL Game # 036 – Hieroglyphics

This ESL Game is an alternative to Charades.  Charades is of course a classic ESL / EFL game that requires students to act out a language target or vocabulary item without speaking while the rest of their classmates try to guess the that the actor is miming.

To play hieroglyphics students are required to draw the vocabulary item or language target rather than mime it out.


How to play this alternative to Charades:

  1. First, divide your class into 2 or 3 teams.
  2. Then, start the game by showing one of your ESL / EFL students a flash card, vocabulary target or better yet a full sentence that uses level appropriate English.
  3. The artist then has to illustrate the language target they were shown using only pictures.  No writing, numbers or letters!
  4. The first team to guess the word or vocabulary target correctly gets a point.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4.

Can you guess what this one says?

ESL Game #036 - Hieroglyphics

ESL Game #036 – Hieroglyphics

That’s right!  She doesn’t like hamburgers.