The SMS game

A fun game using SMS messages and emoticons to practice writing and conversation skills with your A1-A2 students.


This game is composed of printable cards containing SMS messages to which students must react as if in a real-time situation along with CONSTRAINT and CONTEXT cards to orient students’ responses. It is a tool you can use in order to review a mixed bag of vocabulary and grammatical structures and to awaken your students’ spontaneity by responding to informal SMS messages. It was designed as an English SMS writing activity for A1 and A2 students but can also be used for more advanced levels.

In general, even if students are able to master specific grammatical themes or structures necessary to formulate correct sentences, they often find it difficult to react naturally in conversation. However, this ability is indispensable when it comes to everyday life in an English speaking environment.


Target Language

The SMS game is essentially a micro English SMS writing activity designed to work on your students’ interactive writing skills on a small scale and in a quick way. Grammatical constraints, a wide variety of themes and comical contexts make this a lifelong resource you can pull out in a variety of lessons and with a multitude of groups.

If you want to get a feel for the activity, check out our blog resource based on this resource here.



Great for A2-B1 students



  • an 11-page pdf to print and cut out with teacher instructions for all the variants and game elements (SMS messages A1 and A2, CONSTRAINT cards A1 and A2, CONTEXT cards, EMOTICONS, 10 EMOTICON BINGO sheets, and an SMS CONVERSATION game board)
  • a VIRTUAL VERSION folder with all the game elements necessary for this English SMS writing activity. The virtual version allows for various different uses of this resource. You could play the game during your online lesson, project individual elements with a projector, a smartboard or your computer screen, make your own selection of elements to print and cut out in order to limit printing and cutting, etc.

Are you a French teacher? What’re you doing here!? Check out the original resource from Les Zexperts FLE by clicking here.


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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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