How to play ESL Jeopardy

Jeopardy is a fun and easy to play quiz game, it’s a great way to round off a week or to play on the last day of a course.

jeopardy grid
Example Jeopardy grid – click to enlarge

You will need five categories of questions and in each category five or six questions ranging in difficulty from easy ($100) to difficult ($600).

Draw the Jeopardy grid on the board with the categories written alongside the vertical axis. Along the top divide the columns into increments of one hundred of the local currency up to five or six hundred.

Example categories could include: American or British English, false friends, missing prepositions, anglophone capitals, spelling, languages, nationalities, idioms, name three, trivia, things which are yellow, etc.

See the printables section below for some pre-written Jeopardy questions you can use.

Split students into teams of three or four, with two or three teams being optimal. If you have different colour board markers or chalk, give each team a separate colour. If that’s not possible, give each team a different symbol instead,e.g. circles, Xs, triangles.

The first team starts and chooses a category and an amount, depending on how confident they are in being able to answer the question. Read out the question. If the team answers correctly then put a tick in the appropriate grid square with that team’s colour, or alternatively mark the square with their symbol.

If the team answers incorrectly, the square stays open and available to be attempted again later, write a one or two word reminder of the question or maybe a drawing in the square to help students keep track of open questions. Move on to the next team who can choose a new question or try and answer the question which was previously incorrectly answered.

The game ends after a set amount of rounds or when there are no questions left. The winner is the team that has acquired the most amount of money through questions correctly answered.


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