This is a kinesthetic activity for teaching vocabulary/phrases in the ESL classroom.

Charades is a simple ESL activity that involves miming. Action words work best.


  1. Pick a word or phrase, for example, "play basketball"
  2. Pretend to play basketball without speaking
  3. Have students guess what it is
  4. Have the guesser come forward to mime a word or a phrase

It depends on the students, but for very young children I will usually whisper the word or secretly point to a picture in the book.

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