Tongue Twister Broken Telephone

ESL Game_ Tongue Twister Broken Telephone
26 Apr, 2018

Tongue Twister Broken Telephone

Tongue Twister Broken Telephone is a simple speaking relay race where students have to say a tongue twister to their partners. This is a fun warmer of cooler for young learners, teens and even adults.

Aim To practice speaking and listening skills with students.

Level Beginners and above


  1. Make teams. Line up each team in a line.
  2. Give the first student in a team a tongue twister written on a piece of paper. (See below for some examples)
  3.  Allow the student time to read an memorise the phrase. They must then return and whisper the phrase into the ear of the next person on their team. Then that student will whisper it in the next student’s ear and so on. The last student to hear the tongue twister must say it loudly for the whole class. The team that is both the fastest and closest to the original tongue twister are the winners.
More Tongue Twister activities
Discover more tongue twister activities.

Dictogloss Tongue Twisterin this activity students listen to the teacher saying a tongue twister. Then, students must rewrite the tongue twister and later, in pairs/groups, use their notes to recreate the full tongue twister. Later, students can practice saying the tongue twister.

ESL Tongue Twisters – a fun game for young learners, teen and even adults to practice pronunciation or just to warm up at the beginning of class.

Tongue Twister Running Dictation – a simple activity to practice reading, writing and speaking skills with ESL students.

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David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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