Guess Who with 25 characters

Kisdobos 2018-08-26 16:50:42

I created another version of the classic Guess Who boardgame for ESL learners with characters that I made using the avatar creator tool at . You will find a bunch of sample questions and gameplaying phrases on the 2nd page of the printable.

There is a related Guess who boardgame that you may also want to play for the sake of variety:

You can use this worksheet in your ESL/EFL classes to practice body parts, clothes, (garments and accessories), and asking closed (Yes/No) questions in a fun way.

I recommend using this ESL printable worksheet up to pre-intermediate level, as the game centers around asking simple questions and giving short answers in the Present Simple tense using the auxiliary verb 'have', and the Present Continuous tense using the verb "wear".

Playing this game is a proven way of getting your students involved in speaking English.


1. Pair students up.

2. Ask who knows the game.

3. Explain the point of the game: they will have to guess each other's mystery person quicker than their partner.

4. Explain the rules.

A) They may only ask 'YES' or ‘NO’ questions during the game (and of course, answer 'YES' or 'NO').

B) If a certain detail is not clearly visible from the picture or leaves room for various interpretations, your pupils may respond by "I can't tell" or "It's not possible to tell". Next, it's the other pupils's turn.

c) Turn by turn, students narrow down their list of possible mystery persons until they feel ready to confidently make a guess. Usually this happens when one has been ruled out of the last 2 people that remain. If they get the person wrong, their partner wins.

5. Hand out the following to every pair:

A) One copy of the boardgame per pair.

B) One magic marker per pair.

C) One transparent plastic foil per pair. Tell students that they are supposed to place the foil over the boardgame and use the foil to cross the characters who they have ruled out using an erasable magic marker. How does this work in practice? For example, "Is your person wearing a hat?" If the answer is 'Yes', then they cross out all the characters that are NOT wearing a hat. If the answer is 'No', they cross out all the characters that are wearing a hat.

6. Before (and throughout) the game remind students to use auxiliary verbs in their responses, not just a simple Yes or No, e.g. "Yes, he or she is/does", "No, he or she isn't/doesn't" (using the form "he or she" up to the point when the gender of the mystery character has been revealed in order to keep this info hidden). Once the gender is revealed, they can start using the specific gender in their responses, e.g. "Yes, he is", "Yes, he does", "No, he isn't", No, he doesn't".

You can, however, also choose to make it a rule and not allow asking about the gender. This way the game will last longer and result in more questions.

The above downloadable printable is intended for at Beginner (pre-A1), Elementary (A1) and Pre-intermediate (A2) level. It is a useful material for teaching Present continuous (progressive) tense, Present simple tense, Present simple tense: S for third person singular verbs and Present simple vs continuous (progressive) tense in English, and is excellent for enhancing your learners' Speaking skills. The solutions are provided, too.
Copyright License: This file is licensed by Kisdobos under the iSLCollective Copyright License

Upload date: 2018-08-26 16:50:42

Author: Kisdobos

from Hungary

I am one of the co-founders of I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

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