Alphabet Board Slap

In the Alphabet Board Slap ESL Game, students slap the correct letter on the board when it (or a word beginning with that letter) is called out.

Students for Alphabet Board Slap ESL Game:2+Time for Alphabet Board Slap ESL Game:5-10 mins
Resources for Alphabet Board Slap ESL Game:
Internet and Projector or Board and Chalk/Markers; Flyswatters (or similar)

Write/project the letters of the alphabet on the board, in random positions. If you have an Internet connection and a projector, the easiest way to do this is using our online Board Slap game.

In class, divide the students into two teams. You can also play without teams and point-scoring if this is more appropriate.

  1. Each team sends one student to the board. These students stand a few steps away from the board, with a flyswatter. With young students, they could also just use their hands or even a ruler if you don’t have a flyswatter available.
  2. Call out a letter of the alphabet. Or when the students are familiar with the game, a word that begins with a certain letter.
  3. The two students have to slap that letter with their flyswatter as fast as they can. The student who hits the correct letter first wins a point for their team.
  4. Repeat for future points. If your students are able to, let the rest of the class take turns saying the letters/words for pronunciation practice.
  5. Every three points, switch the students playing. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Target Language

The Alphabet Board Slap ESL game is a version of Board Slap specifically designed for practising the alphabet with beginner students. For a version to practise numbers, see Numbers Board Slap.

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