Slow draw is a staple in most ESL / EFL teacher’s resource folder. It’s fun, engaging and best of all really easy.
All you need is a white board, a marker and the slightest bit of artistic ability.
For this example I’m using animal cards. The target language is “is it a __________?”. The answer is either “Yes, it is” or “No, it isn’t”.
How to play:
- Draw one or two lines from a picture and ask your class what it is. Use the language “Is it an apple?” “Is it a dog?”
- Once your ESL / EFL students start using the target language to ask questions start to answer using the target responses “Yes, it is” or “No, it isn’t”.
- Slowly draw more lines in no particular order until the picture starts to reveal itself.
- Once a student guesses correctly finish the picture and say “Yes, it is. It is a pig.
To add a little bit of competition to this ESL game you can draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid on the whiteboard and each of the slow draw pictures in one on the grid’s boxes. The first team to guess 3 pictures in a linear fashion (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) wins.