A2 Lesson Plan

Learn Vocabulary Through Video Games

Created by ALULA | April 23, 2024

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Welcome to an engaging journey through the world of video games, designed specifically for high beginner A2 ESL learners. This lesson plan uses the dynamic and interactive world of video gaming as a platform to enhance English language skills, focusing on vocabulary acquisition and understanding through immersive gaming narratives. Prepare to delve into a learning adventure where language meets the digital age.


This lesson plan guides A2 high beginner English learners through an innovative process to improve their language skills by leveraging video games. The activities are crafted to boost interactive learning, enhance vocabulary, and improve dialogue comprehension in an engaging and context-rich environment. By the end of this lesson, students will have expanded their English vocabulary and gained confidence in comprehension and dialogue within gaming and everyday contexts.

Lesson Focus

This lesson specifically aims to enrich learners' vocabulary and enhance their dialogue understanding through the context provided by video games. The plan adopts an interactive approach to learning, thereby making vocabulary acquisition more engaging and relevant to the students. Such contextual learning also aids in retaining new words and phrases more effectively.

Lesson Content

Activity 1: Gaming Genres Vocabulary Hunt

Approximate Time Needed: 30 minutes.

Objective: To familiarize students with vocabulary related to different video game genres.

Materials: List of popular video game genres, descriptions of genres, and related vocabulary (materials can be found online or created by the teacher).


  1. Divide the class into small groups.
  2. Distribute genre descriptions and vocabulary lists among groups.
  3. Ask students to match vocabulary with the correct genre.
  4. Discuss each genre and its vocabulary in class, providing examples from known games.

Activity 2: Character Dialogue Dissection

Approximate Time Needed: 45 minutes.

Objective: To help students understand and use dialogue from video games to learn English.

Materials: Short dialogue excerpts from various video games, role-play scripts (these can be easily sourced online or prepared by the teacher).


  1. Assign each student or pair a dialogue excerpt.
  2. Ask them to study the dialogue, looking up any unfamiliar words or phrases.
  3. Practice role-playing the dialogue in pairs or small groups.
  4. Discuss the context of each dialogue and its meaning in class.

Activity 3: Vocabulary In-Game Challenge

Approximate Time Needed: 40 minutes.

Objective: To apply new vocabulary in a simulated game environment created in the classroom.

Materials: Classroom objects, flashcards with new vocabulary, a "game map" of the classroom layout (create a simple map with objectives and vocabulary challenges).


  1. Create a simplified map of "levels" around the classroom or school area with specific vocabulary challenges at each point.
  2. Divide students into teams and hand out maps.
  3. As teams navigate the map, they must complete vocabulary challenges to progress.
  4. Reconvene in class to discuss the challenges, the vocabulary learned, and how it can be used in real-life situations.

Wrap Up

This lesson plan not only provides an innovative and compelling way to learn English but also bridges the gap between education and the digital age. By integrating video games into the learning process, students are able to explore new vocabularies contextually, making the learning experience both memorable and fun.

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