Flags of the World Tour board game
A flexible board game for practicing country names and travel-related grammar
Submitted by Ringbearer852
May 12, 2021
Estimated time: 15-30 minutes
This is a variation on the older "World Tour" game. This game can work with a variety of grammar points relating to travel, such as "Where do you want to go? / I want to go to ~," "I have been to ~ / I have never been to ~," "I want to see/eat/buy ~" and so on.
- Print out a color A3-size sheet of the game board for each group in the class. Each group will also need their own die to roll. The game works best with groups of no more than 6 students.
- Each student chooses a marker such an eraser and places it at the start. Turn order can be decided with janken or rolling the die.
- To progress in the game, each student on their turn chooses one country 1 to 6 spaces from their current space and says "I want to to go ~" (or whatever the chosen target dialogue is). You can level this up by requiring the other students to ask a question first, such as "Where do you want to go?"
- The student next rolls the die to see if they can reach their chosen destination. So if they chose "Japan" and Japan is currently 4 spaces away, they must roll a 4, 5, or 6 to reach it. Even if they roll a higher number, they must go to the destination they initially chose. If the number rolled is too low, the student cannot move at all and it is the end of their turn.
- If you want to level up the activity further, when a student arrives at their destination, they can use English vocabulary related to that country, for example if they arrive in France: "I want to see the Eiffel Tower." If the vocabulary they use makes sense, they can move on space forward.
- The first student to arrive at the finish line is the winner. To make it more difficult, you can require an exact roll to reach the "Finish" space.
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My students loved this game! It made for very energetic classes. My JTE wanted the 2nd half of the class to be to be writing practice, so we did this activity for half of the class, then finished the class by writing sentences using the grammar they were just using.