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MasterTalker
Reviewed Oct 2009 by Paula Swenson

MasterTalker is a board game designed to give groups of 2-6 players (age 14 +) an enjoyable way to actively use the language skills they have acquired and practice speaking. The game is a professionally produced product: colorful, substantial, and made to last. The language components are well-thought out and, with 900 questions, ample for
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Interactive Games and Activities for Language Learning
Reviewed Sep 2009 by Lydia Schrandt

We’ve all been there. It’s Sunday night and you sit down to plan your lessons for the week. You open up the textbook to find a less-than-compelling lesson on past tense grammar rules. Yuck! To make matters worse, there is NOTHING communicative about the book’s activities at all. It’s late, you’re tired, and you simply don’t have it in you to stay up all night preparing materials for some grand lesson to make up for a lackluster curriculum. What do you do?
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Phrazzle Me
Reviewed Jun 2009 by Alison Susans

Phrazzle Me is a word game made up of 200 wooden blocks. Each side of every block has a word on it – most of them are in black, some in red. Each player picks 7 blocks out of the bag and tries to make a sentence. The next person can then either add to the sentence(s) already on the table or create a new one. Each word gives you points; if you use a red word you get double points and if you manage to use all 7 blocks in one go you get 50 points. The player with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins. The only rules are that the sentences
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Review – Word Up ESL Board Game
Reviewed Apr 2003 by Alex Case

Word Up Classroom PackThe idea behind this game is so simple that it is difficult to believe that no-one has ever thought of it before – basically that students move around the board answering questions about English and the occasional general knowledge question and get points (coloured counters) for it. In fact, I’ve worked in two schools where teachers had tried to produce such a game, but if you are going to convince your students that answering grammar questions is a game then presentation is everything. “Word Up” wins on presentation right from when you open the box, from the board which looks just like a proper Monopoly board and the proper plastic counters, to little details like the cards for students to put their question sheets on and the pretty little paperclips for them to do it with.
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