Children love games but adults spending hard-earned money and time on language classes are not always so happy at the idea of ‘frivolous’ games. We haven’t stopped the activities but we have banned the word ‘game’ from planning and the classroom replacing it with ‘language practice task’. We encourage teachers to state exactly what type of practice they are giving the learners and why it is needed. The effect of this has been that learners are happier to do fun tasks if they understand there is a transparent learning or practice point. With the teacher focussed on language aims, there is clearer task management, pace, and improved lesson balance.