This ESL game is called “Change seat if …”
And instead of always saying “Change seats if …”, you could also say “Change seats if” or “Change seats if …”
This ESL game can be used as a warm-up activity, at the end of class; for your students to go home with a smile on their faces; Or, you can play this game when you want to notice your students’ focus fading.
To reproduce this, all you have to say is “Change seats if …”
– you have black hair!
– you have a sister!
– you like to eat hamburgers!
– You’re sitting next to a boy!
– your favorite color is red!
– you like to do your homework!
– You don’t like doing your homework!
Basically, you can say anything after saying “Swap seats if …” and if what you said is true about any student in the class ~ they should “Swap seats” with one of the other students who also has to swap his / her / your seat.
Also, if you are teaching younger students, you should use vocabulary that has already been taught.
And if you are teaching more advanced students, you should try to use vocabulary or subjects that they are knowledgeable about.
This is one of the best ESL games to play with your class and all students will be happy to play it; and while playing this game, you are also improving the listening skills of the students.
So give this game a try next time you’re in the ESL classroom!