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The “Broken Picture Telephone” Online Game Is Back!

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Broken Picture Telephone is an online “take-off” on the old game of “Telephone” (where one person whispers to another and so on — a favorite game of ESL teachers to promote speaking practice. It had been taken off-line three years ago, but just came back.

I’m just going to quote from Jay is Games to describe how the online game works:

Someone writes out a phrase (essentially an idea for a drawing), and someone else has to draw it. Then someone else looks at that drawing and describes what they think is happening in it, and someone else uses that description to draw their picture… and so on… and so on… and so on! You won’t know what the other submissions or original objective was until you’re done.

All players have to register (which is quick and easy), and then you can start a game that is “private” so only invited players can participate. Unfortunately, I’d lay odds that it’s likely to be blocked by many school Internet content filters, but maybe not…

I’m adding it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms.”

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Thank you very much for the post, and kind words!

    I’m honored to have had you post my website! I hadn’t factored that this game could be used as an ESL tool – I may need to take this into account as I build out more features.

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