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ELT Game Corner

Welcome to my Game Corner. Here I introduce a game for you to use in your classes to help make English come alive.

July 12, 2013

Watch Out!


Watch Out! is a new interactive card game which gives beginning English students (both children and adults) countless opportunities to do TPR and converse with each other in a fun way.

Number of players: 2-6

Age: Elementary school to adults


  1. The teacher (or leader) deals out 7 cards to each player. The players place their cards face down in front of them.
  2. The teacher says to the first player on the left, “Give me one card”. That player hands a card to the teacher who reads it. The player then answers or does what the teacher reads from the card. If the player cannot do what the card says, then the teacher returns the card to the player. If the player can succeed, then the teacher keeps the card.
  3. The teacher does the same with the next player, always moving in a clock-wise direction.
  4. When a player is left with only one card, he/she slaps the card and says, “Watch Out!” which is a signal the player could win the next time around.
  5. The first player to get rid of all the cards receives the #1 Watch Out! card. The second received the #2 Watch Out! card, etc.

Sample cards:

  • What’s your favorite TV show?
  • Touch something red.
  • When is your teacher’s birthday?
  • Open the door and close it.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Write your name on the blackboard.
  • Say HELLO to everyone.
  • Smile.

Wild Cards:

  • G= Give a card to another player.
  • T= Take a card from another player.
  • P1= Receive 1 card from the teacher.
  • P2= Receive 2 cards from the teacher.
  • TRADE= Trade one card with another player.


  • The teacher can adjust the level of difficulty by giving hints to the players depending on their level.
  • The teacher can ask “adult” questions (in italics) to adult players.
  • Players should mix up their cards when they receive Take or Give cards.

Order Watch Out! from Little America.



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