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March 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Tandem Sculptionary” Is Another Game From Jimmy Fallon Adaptable To The ELL Classroom

I’ve shared many games from Jimmy Fallon Late Night’s show that I’ve modified for my ELL classroom.

Last night, he shared another called “Tandem Sculptionary.”

It’s basically a version of Pictionary. However, instead of drawing, players sculpt clay to use as clues. In this “tandem” game, one player sits behind another to use the clay. That’s not going to work for obvious reasons in most classrooms.

However, since I’ve got plenty of Play-Doh in my room (see Play-Doh & IB Theory Of Knowledge: Student Hand-Out & Videos), I figure just having a student stand in front and using the clay instead of a whiteboard to give clues would be an easy modification.

Let me know if you have other ideas.

Here’s how it worked on Late Night:

November 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Jimmy Fallon Takes Mad Libs To Another Level & It May Be Useful For ELLs


Mad Libs, I think, have very limited usefulness with English Language Learners since they really don’t promote accurate understanding. However, for ELLs who are in the high-intermediate range, I’ve found they can be an occasional fun activity that also reinforces parts of speech.

Having students create their own versions for their classmates can move this activity to a much more productive level, however, and the Word Blanks site is the easiest tool out there for making them (Mad Takes is a good site to find already-made ones).

I’ve shared quite a few games I’ve learned from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show and how I’ve modified them for language-learning.

Last night, he did it again!

He created a Mad Lib for a movie scene and then acted it out with Benedict Cumberbatch. The idea of explicitly creating ones that would lead to a performance could be fun as well as just another way to encourage speaking and listening, especially for ELLs with enough proficiency to be able to get the humor.

August 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Jimmy Fallon Plays A NEW Game Applicable To The ELL Classroom

I’ve shared a number of games that Jimmy Fallon has played on The Tonight Show that I’ve adapted for my ELL Classroom (you can read about, and see, them at The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom).

Earlier this week, he played a new one (or, at least, it was new to me). He calls it “Word Blurt” and you can see a video of him playing it below.

Truth be told, I don’t think it’s as entertaining to watch, nor as useful in the classroom, as his previous ones. But I think it’s still a good one.

His version has some cards on a table between two people. When a card is uncovered, then both are supposed to say a word they feel is connected to it. It’s not a “game” of winners or losers — more, it’s to gauge how different or similar the two people are thinking.

The version that I plan to try out in the classroom is to have students be in small groups with whiteboards. I will call out a word, and each group has thirty-seconds to a minute to identify a word that is connected to it in some way AND write a sentence explaining that connection. I will give them a point if the connection they make actually makes sense.

I think it’s worth a shot, and I’m very open to hearing other ideas on how to modify it from readers.

June 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Jimmy Fallon Game Useful For English Language Learners


Several times each year, Jimmy Fallon plays a game on The Tonight Show that can easily be modified as a language-learning activity for the classroom. I’ve written about many of them.

Last week, he played a new one called Random Picture Association. As the video below shows, it’s exactly what the name implies — they show photos and players share what comes to mind.

It seems to me that this could be a fun exercise for students to practice speaking — either give groups of two or three a pack of picture cards or show funny images from the web on an overheard. Then one student in each group – taking turns – tells the others in English what comes to their mind.

Has anyone tried something like this in your classroom?

I’m adding this post to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

March 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Jimmy Fallon Models Good Game For ELLs

I’ve posted about several games Jimmy Fallon plays regularly on The Tonight Show and how I’ve adapted them for language-learning games in my ELL classroom.

Last year, I posted about Catchphase and how I modify it for class.

Last night, Fallon played it again in his show. Here’s a fun video of it in action:

February 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Jimmy Fallon Plays Pictionary, Another Great Game For ELLs


A regular feature on this blog has been highlighting all the games that Jimmy Fallon plays on his show that are great ones for English Language Learners.

Last night, he played another one that most teachers are familiar with — Pictionary.

Show him playing it with several other stars could be a fun model for students prior to playing the game. When I do it, I model a game in front, and then divide the class into groups of three. Then, in the small groups, everyone gets a chance to be the decider/drawer of the word while they play it three times.

I’m adding this post to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

February 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of The Day: Jimmy Fallon Plays A Good Game For ELLs With Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

I’ve previously published many posts sharing great games that Jimmy Fallon plays on The Tonight Show that are ideal for English Language Learners.

One of them is called Catch Phrase, which I explained in one of those posts.

He played it again last night, and I couldn’t resist posting the video since one of the players was Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.

It’s probably not a good one to show students as a model since the words used that particular night are probably not going to be familiar with them (plus, one off-color word got “bleeped-out”).

Nevertheless, it’s pretty funny to watch:

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