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By the Way

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By the Way is a fast-paced card game that models conversational topic control. It was created for English language learners, but it is too fun to keep hidden in the classroom. Players must match the current topics with cards from their hand, or play special cards to move on to the topic of their choice. The first to play all of his/her cards wins the round.

Players link related ideas:

“My Uncle likes turtles” --> “Oh, really? My Uncle’s turtle is from China.”

 Or smoothly switch to new topics:

“My Uncle likes turtles” --> “By the way, Tomorrow it will rain.”


  • Number of Players: 3 – 7
  • English Level: CFR A2 – C1
  • Time: 3 – 10 minutes per round
  • 46 full color playing cards, plus rules

By the Way is perfect for ESL and EFL classrooms and study groups. It may also be suitable others with linguistic challenges like those with autism. The cards contain all of the conversational content, so players can focus on the mechanics of topic control and turn-taking.

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File Last Updated:
June 23, 2014
This title was added to our catalog on July 23, 2014.