ESL Discussion: Nintendo vs Playstation & Xbox

In this ESL discussion you will discover the secrets behind Nintendo’s success in the video game market while they compete with more technologically advanced competitors such as Playstation and Xbox.

You may need to make sure your group has a couple of Nintendo fans to really get the most out of this ESL discussion worksheet! Learn about how Nintendo competes in the video game market very differently than its competitors. At the end of the lesson, students will work in small groups to design their own video game franchise with the help of some useful vocabulary words related to the subject

  • Warm-up question idea: Name a Nintendo character and describe it to the class. What does it look like, what game does it come from, do you have any personal experience with this character?
  • Watch the video once and check with the group if they noticed their character in the video.
  • Look at the vocabulary words on the PDF before watching the video a second time.
  • Put students in pairs to answer the questions on the left.
  • Set up new pairs to complete the speaking activity on the right.
  • At the end, put students in small groups of 3-4 to complete the group activity on the second page.

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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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