Board Games

board games

Board games are great for fostering teamwork, inquisitiveness, and critical thinking, as well as problem solving, and of course, most people find that playing board games is a lot of fun.

  • Time

    40 minutes

  • Main Skill


  • Theme and topic

    Human Ingenuity: Board Games


Learning to play a new game has never been so painful. Watch this comedy sketch on how to play the most complicated game.

You will hear part of an interview in which two board game enthusiasts named Sarah Walters and Ed Zander talk about the renewed popularity of traditional board games.

For questions 1-6, choose the answer (A, B, or C) that fits best according to what you hear.

1. Sarah thinks board games are becoming more popular partly
2. Ed thinks game playing will grow in this century
3. In Sarah's opinion, what is the main attraction of board games?
4. When asked if board-gaming is a world-wide phenomenon, Ed
5. Sarah sees the Game of the Year award as
6. When talking about their own collections of board games, Ed and Sarah agree that


There are some idioms and expressions used in the word game. Here are a few that you may find useful to add to your vocabulary.

ahead of the game - To have an advantage over a situation

fair game - Something that is allowed to take advantage of

give the game away - Reveal a secret

name of the game - The type of activity mentioned

new ball game - A new situation

the game is up - The situation is lost and has a negative outcome

You can find more sentences using these phrases here.

Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:

  • basic simplicity
  • board games
  • catch on
  • collections
  • consumers
  • corresponding actions
  • fundamental changes
  • get started
  • guess what
  • main attraction
  • picking a colour
  • phenomenon
  • popular gaming

IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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