Afternoon Games in English, Welcome Board Games – November Session

Monthly meeting in English to learn and have fun using board games in English, each month a different one.

One Friday a month from 19:30 p.m. to 20:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the International Institute.

Required level of English: intermediate-high / advanced (level test can be requested from

The activity will be led by Heather Johnston, professor in the English department of the International Institute.

Given the capacity limitation (15-20 participants) all those interested who want to participate must send a registration message to The activity is part of the services offered to library members and they have priority in registration.

Carrying out the activity by non-members has an associated symbolic cost of €3 in a separate session. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the library counter the same week the activity is held up to 15 minutes before it starts.

Board game selected for November: Last Word & Super Big Boggle

Friday, November 29 at 19:30 p.m.

WBG Scrabble lettersLAST WORD RULES


1 Divide the cards into letters and topics. Choose a pawn.

2 Turn over a letter card and topic card. Everyone must shout out a word, for example, an animal at the zoo that begins with “G.” The one who says the last word before the buzzer goes off can move her pawn forward one space.

3 Simply ignore the cards that seem too difficult for a child and move on to the next category. Many of the subjects or topics do work for kids. If a letter is too hard, do the same thing; place it on the bottom of the pile and pick up or display the next card.

4 Let younger kids who still hate to lose cross the finish line together by shouting out a word together before the buzzer. Have the adult penalized or handicapped by having him move only once every other time he says the last word, such as once for every two times he wins the round.

5 Decide if the answer makes enough sense. For children, the silliness may make sense to them more often than you can believe. When a person shouts before the buzzer goes off, the other players need to be the judges regarding the word shouted.

Taken from ehow.

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Set up

Players begin a game of Big Boggle by covering the plastic tray and shaking up, or “boggling,” the letter says. The shaker should let the letters settle so that only one letter appears in each square. Someone starts the timer provided by the game, and all players begin writing down as many words as they can find among the letter squares.

Valid Words

While the original Boggle game allows three-letter words, Big Boggle requires a minimum word length of four letters. Players must string together adjacent letters in the correct order to create a word. Letters that neighbor each other horizontally, vertically or diagonally are considered adjacent. Players cannot use the same letter cube twice in one word. Players can, however, write down multiple versions of a word, such as the singular and the plural form of the same word. For example, a player can write down the words “line” and “lines.” If the same word appears twice on the board, however, it only counts once. Proper nouns or words in foreign languages ​​do not count.


After the allotted game time has passed, players take turns reading aloud the list of words they found on the board. If any two players have the same word, they both must cross that word from their list. Players can also contest the validity of a word and verify its existence in a dictionary.

Once players have completed this process, they add up the score of the words remaining on their lists. A four-letter word earns 1 point, a five-letter word earns 2 points, a six-letter word earns 3 points, a seven-letter word earns 5 points and words with eight or more letters earn 11 points. Participants continue playing for as many rounds as they want, and the player with the most points at the end of all rounds wins.

Taken from eHow.

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