By Kevin Fabris

February 21, 2015

10 - 15 Minutes, EFL, ESL, Fun, High School, No Materials Required, Small Class, Speaking, Timer Game, Use It, Word Game, Young Learner

This is quite possibly the easiest ESL game of all time. A childhood favourite in almost every language that goes by many names. We call it Watermelon.

The rules are simple. One person describes a person, place or thing WITHOUT using its name. Instead, the person must refer to the person, place or thing only as “my watermelon”. The other players must then try to guess what the “watermelon” is.

The Details:

  • This game is ideal for smaller groups. Anywhere from 2 – 6 members.
  • There are no materials required.
  • It can be played by students with almost any level of English ability. However I find that if students are older than 10 it tends to work better.

How to play our easiest ESL game:

1) Split your class into groups of between 2 and 5 students.
2) Choose a player to go first.
3) That student must think of a person, place or thing and describe it without saying it’s name. It must always be referred to as “my watermelon”.
4) Other group members are allowed to ask questions about the “watermelon” but they must call it “your watermelon”.

Speaker – My watermelon is cute.
Speaker – My watermelon is furry.
Speaker – My watermelon is named Fido.
Group Member – Is your watermelon a dog?
Speaker – Yes it is!

5) The first group member to guess what the “watermelon” is wins.
6) Switch speakers and repeat steps 2 – 5 as desired.

Just like we promised.  Watermelon is the easiest ESL game ever!  It’s a very effective warm-up, application or great when used just for fun. Watermelon helps students practice fluency, vocabulary, listening and circumlocution.

If you like Relay Race you’ll also love this other Easy ESL Game.  We call it Watermelon Race.


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