ESL Lesson – Brainiac (Middle school)

I’m a big fan of games that last for an entire class, keep the students entertained, and most importantly keep them talking in English. This game, Brainiac, is ideal.

Brainiac Categories

Students are arranged into small teams and choose from five categories with the roll of a die: Make A Sentence, Drawing, Quiz Questions, Acting and Taboo. They then choose a number between 1 and 12 and do the activity or answer the question. It’s as simple as that and has never failed to entertain even the most sleepy of classes.

Read the Lesson Plan and download the Lesson Files

If you use this lesson we always appreciate feedback so let us know how it goes. Also, if you have any problems at all give us a shout and we’d be happy to help out.

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10 Responses to “ESL Lesson – Brainiac (Middle school)”

  1. Daniela Scholz says:

    Hey Andy and Ruth !
    Yesterday I played BRAINIAC with my advanced first graders at high school for the first time, and they had a ball.
    Thanks for all your hard work. It is highly appreciated.

  2. Sam says:

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for this great game. I will be using it today in my afternoon conversation class.

  3. i have been looking for something to do with my high level Grade 1 class for the “dead week” in February – and you just saved my life – this is amazing. Thanks so much! I also read some of your blog posts on finding this, and while living in the countryside is NOT my cup of tea at all (I get bad hay fever, and i grew up suffering badly in the Scottish countryside!) and I need my caffe benne fix, it is so refreshing and wonderful to see people being positive about their location. Some people think being in the sticks is worse than being buried alive, and I think their internet moans scare people off – I love visiting the countryside in Korea – the people are so much friendlier and chilled than the ones where I live in central Seoul. I bet your schools classes are much smaller too – in Seoul we usually don’t do multiple schools so at my ONE school I teach 12 1st grade classes and 12 3rd grade classes a week, there is simply no time for me to teach the 2nd grade, and they are all 35-38 students each…

    Thanks for a wonderful blog – i have put it in my RSS now!
    Best wishes from Seoul
    Allan

    • Andy says:

      Hi Allen, Thanks for the comments!
      Our class sizes are MUCH smaller than yours. I have a a couple of classes with 30 students and it is HARD to keep all of their attention, but I can’t complain when the school I have the following day has pretty much that many students in total!

      Thanks again and glad the game has helped.

  4. Nok says:

    Hi, Andy,

    Thanks for all the wonderful resources.

    I tried to download the file as a zip file but it says the header is corrupted. Not really sure what this means..

  5. Thank you for sharing these stunning materials!!

    Ive just read the memo about you guys on the upper-left corner. 🙂

    Hope you guys had a wonderful memory in South Korea and
    visit again someday soon !!

    감사합니다!

    Sincerely, Erin

    P.S. I’m teaching in Hongdae 🙂

  6. Antony says:

    Fantastic game! Thank you so much! Just one thing though. I don’t think I’ll ever forgot the sheer embarrassment of one of my 14 year old girls acting “eating an ice cream” in front of her 50 or so classmates! *cringe*

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