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ESL Speaking Game: Improvisation Cards

a funny dog with human nose and glasses

This is a very simple ESL game that promotes speaking and helps develop improvisation skills and creativity.

  1. Print the worksheet and cut the cards. There are two types of cards: unfinished sentences/questions, and crazy/funny/unusual objects.
  2. Put the cards into two separate piles.
  3. Put the students into pairs or groups and give each pair/group both piles.
  4. Students take turns and draw a card first from the sentence pile and then from the object pile. They create a statement, question or a speaking prompt.
  5. Set a time limit( from one to five minutes, depending on the level of the group)
  6. When the student successfully speaks for the set amount of time, they keep their cards.
  7. The student with the highest number of cards is the winner.

Download the PDF below for easy printing.

What is your opinion on_____________? What would happen if_________________ hit your house at night?
I really like____________ because………. Have you ever heard of______. No? So, listen…
I will tell you something about________________. I can’t imagine my life without_________________.
What do I think about________________? Well,… The only thing I’ve ever wanted was ____________because….
I’m really afraid of_____________because….. I love____________________.
I hate____________________. Our planet will be destroyed by___________.
The only thing that can save
our planet is_____________.
Have you seen that movie about__________? No? It was………….
_______________is my favourite music group. I’m an expert on____________________.
Once I stole____________. I woke up in the middle of the night and
saw____________.
very hairy dwarfs slime balls
monkey brains talking dogs
unicorns intelectual penguins
Daenerys Targaryen my parent’s clones
Billie Eilish snakes and spider
dirty toes giant meatballs
singing flamingos joking pandas
shy polar bears time machine
mad scientists sneezing dinosaurs
vegan cavemen toothless sharks
dancing dragons Viking Gods

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