I first saw this video last year, but I was reminded of it at the weekend thanks to Lisko MacMillan who used it as part of her excellent session at the Teacher Training day in Torun.
Watch the first minute or so to see the game in action:
There’s not much to it:
- Count to three and say a word (any word at all) at the same time as your partner.
- Count to three again and try to say a word or phrase that is in the middle of the two different words you said.
- You repeat until you say the same thing.
It’s a very simple game and it’s easy to demonstrate and to play with students.
Play the game as above but students start the game using words from a lexical set, either as revision of something from a previous lesson or as a fun way to produce/drill some new language.
For example today we were looking at weather:
Students stand up, swap partners a few times, then sit down and talk about how successful (or not) they were in their original pairs.
The game would also work as a quick break between activities. In that case you wouldn’t need to restrict the game to any lexical set, as the aim would just be to take a couple of minutes to add some levity and energy to the classroom.
I’m not sure of the game’s origin, and it’s a pretty nebulous game title to be able to find it via Google, but I was reminded of it at the weekend thanks to Lisko MacMillan who used it as part of her excellent session at the Teacher Training day in Torun. I intend to try out a bunch of other ideas over the coming weeks.
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