How to Play the ESL Spelling Relay Game

  • Skills focus:   Practice spelling words with this excellent stirrer.

    How to Play:

    • Separate the classroom board into two or more equal parts by drawing rows and columns. The students will spell words in the rows. In the columns above write team names. (You can create more rows and columns depending on the number of teams.(tip- more than four rows is not advisable).
    • Give each team a board marker or chalk depending on the nature of your boards.
    • Make an equal line up of first relay runners of each team.
    • The teacher then says a word s/he wants the students to spell. Each runner runs to the board and writes the beginning letter of the word. He/she runs back to team members and hands the chalk or board marker to the next runner in the team. Each team takes turns writing a single letter until the word is completely spelled.
    • The first team to finish spelling the word correctly scores a point or gets some form of praise.


    • This is an exciting game. Relay runners have a tendency to stand up before the marker or chalk is handed to them. Make sure relay runners are not doing similar unfair practices.
    • Start with easy words that students can spell
    • This is a stirrer and can be physically demanding. Some students might be good at spelling but not good runners. Mix students according to intellectual and physical strengths.
    • Generally, in all games of competition, make sure there is a balance of abilities in teams- physical & intellectual.
    • Try to help weak teams score points.
    • As a general rule, don’t always let one team win thrice in a row. This might discourage the other teams.
    • Keep the competitiveness by helping the weak teams in a way the winning teams do not judge unfair. But in the end give every team what they deserve.
    • Watch out for students who cannot handle the physical demands of the game. Pause occasionally and give students a few minutes to rest.
    • For higher levels don’t just ask them to spell a word. Describe a word and they guess and spell.  
    • Adapt games according to the situation of your classrooms and students.


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Level 1 Course Video Tutorials

Unit  intro – Alphabet & Phonics Resources. 

  • Aim: Teach letters of the alphabet
  • Unit   1 – Greetings - Hello

  • Aim: Teach basic greetings – Hello, Hi, Goodbye.
  • Unit   2 – What’s your name?

  • Aim: To teach kids how to say their names.
  • Unit   3 – How old are you?

  • Aim: Teach kids how to say their age and  learn numbers 1 to 5.
  • Unit   4 – Numbers – How many?

  • Aim: Teach kids how to count from 1 to 10.
  • Unit   5 A – Colours – What colour is it?

  • Aim: Teach kids how to describe things through colours.
  • Unit 5 B - Colours Vocabulary

  • Aim: Teach colours vocabulary
  • Unit 5 C - Green Monster Colours Lesson

  • Aim: Teach colours through a colours songs
  • Unit   6 – Fruits – I like apples.

  • Aim: Teach kids names of fruits and how to express likes.
  • Unit  7 – Body – I have a head.

  • Aim: Teach kids parts of the body.
  • Unit  8–  Actions  – I can, I can’t.

  • Aim: Teach kids how to express ability using simple action verbs.
  • Level 2 Course Video Tutorials

    Unit  1 – Animals – Farms Animals. 

  • Aim: Teach students how to express preference by using vocabulary related to farm animals.
  • Unit   2 – Family Members

  • Aim: Teach words and expressions used when describing family.
  • Unit  3 – School bag

  • Aim: To teach words and expressions related to classroom items.
  • Unit   4 – Actions – Can and Can’t  

  • Aim: Teach action verbs
  • Unit   5 – Shapes & Sizes

  • Aim: Teach various shapes and adjectives to describe size.
  • Unit   6 – Demonstrative Pronouns – This/That/These/Those

  • Aim: Teach  singular and plurals of nouns and demonstrative pronouns.
  • Unit   7 – Numbers – 10 to 100

  • Aim: Teach numbers 10 to 100 and pronunciation differences between long and short vowels.
  • Unit  8 – Toys – Where is it?

  • Aim: Teach  words and expressions related to toys and to ask where things are.
  • Unit  9 –  Days of the week and weekly activities

  • Aim: Teach days of the week and some things we do weekly.
  • Unit 10 -   Weather – What’s the weather like?

  • Aim: Teach students how to ask about the weather and describe it.
  • Unit 11 -   Food – What do you want to eat

  • Aim: Teach students about the things we eat and express want
  • Level 3 Course Video Tutorials

    Unit  1 – Pets : Why do you like dogs?

  • Aim: Teach  names of pets and give a brief description of pets using personality adjectives.
  • Unit   2a – Time – What time is it?

  • Aim: Teach students how to tell the time and also how to talk about daily routines.
  • Unit   2b – Time – What time is it?

  • Aim: Teach students how to tell the time using quarter to/past/ Half past etc.
  • Unit   3 – Months & birthdays – When is your birthday?

  • Aim: Teach students months of the year and how to tell dates using months and ordinal numbers.
  • Unit   4 – Jobs – What people do.

  • Aim: To teach kids how to describe jobs using action verbs.
  • Unit  5  – Actions – What are you doing?

  • Aim: Students will learn how to describe actions in progress using the present progressive.
  • Unit   6 – Transport – How do you come to school?

  • Aim: Teach students different means of transport and talk about going around.
  • Unit   7 – Clothes – What are you wearing today?

  • Aim: To learn to describe what someone is wearing.
  • Unit   8 –  Where is it? – At home

  • Aim: Teach kids prepositions of place, alongside rooms and things at home.
  • Unit  9a – Vegetables – How much are the carrots?

  • Aim: Teach kids vegetable vocabulary and how to go shopping for veggies.
  • Unit  9b – Vegetables – Extra Vegetable Vocabulary lesson - Cauliflower, broccoli etc.

  • Aim: Teach students extra vegetable vocabulary.
  • Unit  10 –  Weather  and clothes  - Put on your sunglasses.

  • Aim: Teach kids how to talk about clothes relative to the weather.
  • Unit 11 -  Zoo – What does a panda look like?

  • Aim: To teach students how to describe zoo animals by what they eat and look like.
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