In the CLIL classroom language is used to learn as well as to communicate. The students are actively involved in the language; they are immersed in it, surrounded in it.

Sometimes students get bored because they feel they’ve nothing to do. They are not sure what they should be listening for and they are not given any active role in learning. When playing language games we are motivating and engaging the whole class, as they all have to concentrate to get the right answer. When the students are engaged and interested in the topic they are more motivated to use and learn the language needed to communicate. It also promotes a more natural use of language.

The Taboo game is an excellent end of lesson resource. As for this one, try it with your class and have fun.


Available in printable, PDF format:



You will need:

Worksheet 1 and 2 for each group of students.

– A minute sandglass or any other tool to measure time.


1. Explain to the students that they are going to do an activity in which they will have to show their knowledge on Spanish Culture, and they will have to do it fast.

2. To do this activity you must divide the class into two groups of students. One person from each group has one minute to explain and describe the word at the top of the card. This must be done without saying the taboo word written below. If the members of the group guess the word, they receive a point and it is the other’s team turn with the next card. If time runs out or a mistake is made, no point is scored.

3. At the beginning, the teacher should act as a neutral referee who checks that the taboo words are not used. Then, as the game goes on, a neutral student can play the role of the referee.

Extension activity:

Give each group of students a copy of Worksheet 2 (a blank copy) and ask them to think of another twelve words (or just six) related to Spanish Culture to be described by the other group and the taboo words to go with them.


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