ESL Boggle

ESL Boggle is a fun warmer or cooler that can be used in class. This no prep game is great for face-to-face classes but works really well in online classes too.

How to play ESL Boggle

  1. Project or show the grid of letters on the board / screen.
  2. Students have three minutes to find as many words as they can (which have a minimum of three letters). Words can be formed by connecting letters in order horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  3. At the end of the time, elicit acceptable words from the class and write them on the board. Review the vocabulary as you go.
  4. Students calculate their scores as shown below. When a word includes an underlined letter, the score for that word is doubled.
  5. Repeat for each round.
  6. The winning student/team is that which has the highest score after a predefined number of rounds (e.g. one or two) or the first to reach a certain score).

ESL Boggle Game Scoring

Three or four-letter words: One point
Five-letter words: Two points
Six-letter words: Three points
Seven-letter words: Five points
Eight (plus)-letter words: Eleven points

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