Tense, nerve racking fun in the esl classroom!

This lesson is an elementary level English lesson for middle school based around the game AMONG US, to get kids talking in English about something that interests them and revising the basics in grammar.

If you don’t know much about Among us, it won’t take long to learn. Basically the players are the crewmates on a space ship and they go about the ship doing various tasks. Unbeknown to anyone there are some impostors who kill crewmates. The idea is to communicate in English by sending messages in an allotted time to your crew to decide who the SUS (suspect) is and throw him or her overboard. Delightful, I hear you say!

The rules in class are that all messages in the allotted meetings must be in English otherwise the game (on their phones) will stop immediately!


The powerpoint starts with students choosing their crewmate identity using: ‘My name is…….’ and ‘My colour is….’Each crew member has a nickname, a colour and chooses a hat.

A turno gli studenti chiedono ai compagni ‘What’s your name?' ‘What colour are you?' ‘What hat have you got?' Nella slide 3 gli studenti scelgono un capello dalla scelta proposta. Anche questa è un'occasione per ripassare o fare pratica con nuovi vocaboli.

Shopping per un cappello


Prima che il gioco inizi, il gruppo può decidere quanti 'emergency meetings' tenere, quanti compiti svolgere e quanti impostori introdurre. (Diapositiva 4).

Slide 4


Slide 5 is a chance to revise prepositions. Using the crewmates in the image,the students ask each other the question: ‘Where is blue?’ and so on.

(Il BOSS rosa nella scatola, nel caso ve lo stiate chiedendo, è in realtà il personaggio che io avevo creato.

perchè questo nome vi chiederete.....beh....perchè io SONO THE BOSS!!)


Slide 6 is a Christmas bonus if you’re in the festive season. The right side is black because the space was used to write down the students’ responses to describing the Christmas picture.

First ask the students to name the objects in the slide and then have them make sentences using the vocabulary words.


Nelle diapositive 7 e 8 gli studenti fanno pratica sull'uso di ‘at the top /bottom’, ‘on the left/right’ e 'there is' e'there are', per descrivere le posizioni delle varie stanze sull'astronave. Nella diapositiva 8 gli studenti descrivono cosa possono vedere o immaginano che ci sia in ogni stanza. (panchine, computer, oblò ecc)

In slide 8 students describe what they can see or imagine there to be in each room (benches, computers, portholes etc)


Verbi in azione!

In Slide 9 verbs are used in each room for each task: ‘In Admin I SWIPE the card’, ‘In Shields I PROTECT the ship’. The students who play the game will give you the answers for each task. A great way to learn more vocabulary.

The last slide is a reminder and practice for the things we can say in our meeting slot in the game when we want to communicate. The students will guide you if they are avid players, to the phrases most used by them. This can turn into an occasion to learn slang and contracted forms.

Buon divertimento!