A Cluedo style game: Who Fixed it? – ESL Speaking Game
This is my ESL version of the fantastic question-based detective game Cluedo. The objective of the game is to find out who, fixed what, using what tool. Players accomplish this through a process of elimination that involves asking questions. In order to do this, students must use vocabulary related to common household problems, tools, and tradesmen. The beauty of this game is that is it adaptable. You can easily change the vocabulary to focus on another theme or topic such as common holiday problems, problems at work or shopping to name a few. The PDF contains a blank board and blank player cards so that you can simply print them off and fill in any vocabulary you want.
The PDF contains:
- The Board
- Player Cards
- Flash Cards
- A Blank Board
- Blank Player Cards
In addition, you will need:
- One dice
The game is easy to set up and varies in duration from 15-45 minutes depending on the number of players. This is a great question-based game that is suitable for all levels. In order to adapt this game for higher levels, feel free to change the question structure by introducing different verbs such as repair, mend, adjust, rebuild, tighten, rectify or any addition vocabulary that pertains to fixing specific problems.
Due to the somewhat random combinations that the game can throw up, I thought of a nice post game activity that gets your students thinking creatively. For example, if the game finishes and the solution is: Paula the painter fixed the mold with a drill, I get my students to explain how she did it. This can be either as a writing task or as a 1 minute speaking task in pairs.
Let me know if your students enjoy it!