Frequently Asked Questions about English Is Fun
How many can play?
How does the game work?
Before play begins, each player (or team) chooses a colored token. Then, each player (or team) takes a handful of question/answer cards (approximately 20 cards), one notepad and one pencil. One player will start by rolling both dice.
How many questions are there?
There are over 1200 questions, so there is almost no chance of repeating a question in a single game.
Can English Is Fun be played with native English speakers?
Yes. While English Is Fun was designed for learners of ESL or EFL, it may also be used as an educational game for native speakers (especially younger learners) wishing to improve their English skills.
What age groups can play?
English Is Fun can be played with young and adult learners, alike. It is recommended that the game be played with students age 10 and older, unless the students’ level of English is very high.
Can the game be played without the DVD, only using card questions?
Can the game be played without the cards, only using DVD questions?
Who created the game?
English Is Fun was created by Alex Shteiman and Alessia Papini, certified Canadian teachers with years of EFL/ESL teaching experience in South Korea. The concept for English Is Fun was tested in ESL classrooms of all ages and abilities by the creators as well as several other EFL/ESL teachers. Several ELT colleagues provided additional input in checking and grading the questions and in improving the general design and game-play.
How can I purchase the game?
You can purchase English Is Fun online, right here via Paypal. You can either pay directly via Paypal or use any major credit card. We will ship anywhere in the world. If you would rather purchase the game in person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, let us know where you are and we will direct you to the nearest reseller. Resellers and distributors can also contact email@example.com for discount rates.
How long does it take to play the game?
Depending on a variety of factors (number of players, individual vs. team game, extra time for explanations, etc.) game play can vary between 30 and 90 minutes.
Questions for EFL / ESL Teachers
Why use games in the classroom?
Games are no longer seen as merely “filler” activities. Much research has been done about the use of educational games in classrooms, and ESL classrooms specifically. The results indicate that interactive games are an important part of any English teaching program. Games help create a relaxed atmosphere and class cohesion, which have been proven to facilitate learning. Games also motivate students, encourage them to speak spontaneously, and above all they make learning fun! Below are some articles that highlight the importance of games in the EFL / ESL classroom:
What language skills does English Is Fun test and develop?
English Is Fun is specifically designed to test all major language skills. Each category is designed to test a different set of skills, as outlined by the following table:
Is the game an effective teaching tool?
Yes. Aside from covering all the major skills in language learning, English Is Fun provides teachers with endless opportunities to discuss key points with students, or “teachable moments.” Moreover, because of the high level of interest stimulated by friendly competition, players will concentrate not only on their questions, but also questions asked to others. This will lead to a relatively high level of retention of many of the language elements covered during a particular game. The game will also help to make learning English enjoyable and support the establishment of a positive attitude towards the study of the English in general. Read some of our testimonials.
How will I know how to use the game in a classroom?
Each set of English Is Fun comes with easy-to-read, yet comprehensive rules with specific references to classroom play. There is also a Category Guide, thoroughly explaining each category.
At what stages of a course should I use the game?
English Is Fun can be used at various times throughout a course. It can be played at the beginning as an “icebreaker,” or as a non-threatening way for students to get to know one another better and get comfortable with speaking in front of the class. For teachers, observing students playing the game at this stage can give a good indication of strengths and weaknesses. The game can be used throughout the course to provide a fun “break” for students (i.e. a Friday class or right before a holiday break). When used in the middle of a course, the game would undoubtedly review some of the material already covered in the course. Finally, English Is Fun can be played near the end of a course as an enjoyable (yet still education) way to end the term/school year.
What is my role as the teacher?
As a teacher, you are instrumental in setting up the game. In classes of more than 6 students, this includes setting up the teams to be as “equal” as possible in their abilities. During game-play, you should control the DVD remote in order for the game to “flow” better. The teacher should also keep the classroom civil enough for students to hear questions when the game gets too competitive – and it will! Finally, teachers can provide more explanation for any of the points they feel are important.
How do I know if the game is suitable for my students?
If your students are age 10 and over and are at least at a “high beginner” level, then English Is Fun is right for them. The game has been played in classrooms of all ages and all levels and the reaction is always the same: fun, competitive and educational.
How many games will I need?
You need only one game for each group of players. In a classroom setting, you can use one board for the entire class if you play in teams. The other option is splitting the class into groups (potentially based on ability) and having each group play their own game. This option would require one game per group.
Should I encourage my students to play English Is Fun in their free time?
Yes. Playing English Is Fun at home is a great way for students to practice their English skills outside the
Questions for EFL / ESL Students
How can playing English Is Fun improve my English?
English Is Fun tests all English skills: Expressions and Idioms, Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Spelling, and Speaking. Moreover, because questions are random, it is a great way to challenge yourself because you never know which skill is about to be tested!
Can I play with my friends if our English abilities are different?
Yes. Most of the questions in English Is Fun are asked to one player/team at a time, so players with a lower ability are not competing directly with their opponents to answer the question. Also, many of the questions are multiple choice and true/false, so all players have a good chance of getting the right answer.
How good does my English need to be?
Your English should be at least at a high beginner level. If you can understand what you are reading right now, you can play English Is Fun!
Can I play with my friends and family at home?