Scratch My Back ESL Card Game

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Scratch my back is a conversational card game for adults, and an exciting way to learn natural English.

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Scratch My Back offers a hilarious look into the art of persuasion that combines strategy and wordplay. Players enter into conversations guided by the cards in their hands. Points are scored by getting others to agree to your requests, talking your way out of trouble, and sometimes even by cooperating. It's a little competitive and a lot of fun!

There are several games playable with the Scratch My Back deck. The easiest game versions are quick to learn and play, while the more challenging games require some strategy, luck and a quick wit. You'll also need an upper intermediate understanding of English, and a sense of humor!



Scratch My Back as an EFL / ESL Game:


Scratch My Back is a fun way to learn useful and natural English! We recommend it to language students with a solid base in English, who are now looking to extend their conversational and oratory skills and learn some natural phrases and expressions.


A game is essentially an evolving role-play that allows language students to develop fluency, and play around with the English language.



Why learn English with Scratch My Back? 







Scratch My Back is published by AGO Educational. Click here to visit AGO's website for purchasing information



You can also buy Scratch My Back online from Click the link below to be taken to their website: link



 Included when you buy Scratch My Back:

  • 108 high quality cards, in a plastic case with detailed instructions in English and Japanese. 
  • Access to online tutorials and downloads, including classroom resources. 

About the Game:

  • Scratch My Back is suitable for ages 12+ and requires two or more players. 
  • There are several ways to play. Games take around 10 to 40 minutes (depending on the game version). 
  • The cards contain over 200 natural English phrases.
  • An intermediate (or above) understanding of English is recommended.       


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 Alternative payment methods:

Japanese customers can also pay by 'furikomi' bank transfer. Contact  sales@scratchmybackgame to arrange this.



Using Scratch My Back as an ESL card game.

Why use ESL games for teaching English?