How to use this game in your ESL classroom:
I have tried this game with my students in elementary and middle school and they absolutely love it. This game is especially amusing if there are not too many students in the classroom. Otherwise, they will have to wait more time till it is their turn to play. Since I usually don't have more than 10 students per class, this activity fits perfectly in my classroom.
1. Divide your students in two groups. Each group will line up.
2. Explain to them that they are going to play a game that is called "pass the word" and provide them with the instructions that I mentioned above. In our case, if students doubt or don't know the answer, they have to say "pass the word" to pass. Since it is a team game, each member of the team will have the opportunity to answer one question. After its turn, he or she will go to the back of the line and will wait until it is its turn again.
3. Each group will have a different set of questions and will take turns when the other team fails or passes.
4. Each team will have around 5 minutes to answer all the questions. The time will vary depending on the student's English level.
5. When the time is over, the team which guessed more words will win.
6. The teacher will be responsible for registering students' answers.
PD: Questions can include definitions, opposites, synonyms or translations from Spanish that you have been learning or reviewing in the classroom. Students can also play without checking the time.
I have found this website that includes a software that imitates the TV contest. It is aimed to students in high school. Hope you enjoy it! CLICK HERE