Noughts and Crosses
For this time-filler you will need to be prepared with one or two lists of 9 questions. These can be themed to the topic you are covering that day. Draw a noughts and crosses (tic tac toe) grid on the board, and put a number from 1-9 in each space. Split the class into two teams, the Noughts and the Crosses. The Crosses start; they must pick a number (where they want to place their cross), and one nominated student from that team must answer the corresponding question. Their team are not allowed to help them and they must answer in a full, correct sentence. For example, if the question is ‘Do you have any brothers or sisters?’, they must answer either ‘Yes, I have one brother and one sister’, or ‘No, I don’t have any brothers or sisters’. They cannot answer simply yes or no. If they answer correctly, they can place their cross on that space in the grid. Play continues with each team taking it in turns to answer questions (make sure a different student has a go at answering each time), until one group gets a row of three.

Divide students into teams of two or three. Draw a table on the board with eight columns. At the top of each column, write a category, eg. colours, countries, famous people, animals, languages, types of clothing, household objects, food. Students have two minutes to come up with a word in each category that starts with the letter ‘A’. Teams get a point for each unique word they come up with; ie. if two teams come up with ‘Argentina’ under ‘countries’, neither team gets a point. Start a new round with a new letter.

Vocab Board Race
My younger students used to absolutely love this game, which I would use often to fill the last five or ten minutes of a lesson. You can base the game around whatever topic you have been covering that day. Split students into two groups and have them line up in their teams at the back of the room. Push tables back so that they have a clear run way to the board. Give the first person in each line a board pen, and call out a word in French (or their native language). Those two students must run to the board and write the word in English. The first person to write it correctly gains a point for their team. Then those two players go to the back of their line, and the next two students have a turn.