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Grade: all
Subject: Language

#1665. "Who/What am I?"

Language, level: all
Posted Fri Apr 14 00:00:57 PDT 2000 by Thad Schmenk (thadsensei@hotmail.com).
Matsuyama Board of Education, Japan
Materials Required: one index card per student
Activity Time: 10 minutes
Concepts Taught: asking simple yes and no questions

-I got this game idea from an old JET Teaching manual. The name of the person who submitted the idea was not listed. I thought it was a fun game, so I decided to post it for everyone to enjoy. so, enjoy!

Level: You can make this game apply to nearly any level
Time: about 10 minutes
Preparation: one "card" needed for each student.

The students will practice answering and asking simple yes/no questions.

Before class, prepare enough cards with a noun written (in the target language) on it for each student in the class. Try to stick to a common theme or use words from a list or chapter that the students have been studying recently.

Tape a card to the back of each student making sure that they do not see what is written on the card. Everyone in the class will be able to look at the card on the back of everyone else.

Have the students walk around the room and ask each other yes/no questions. They must continue to ask questions until they can guess what/who they are. When they can guess, have the students come to you and tell you who/what they are. If the student knows what he/she is, but does not konw the word in English, encouratge him/her to look the word up in a dictionary.

If you are having trouble with friends helping each other out by simply telling their friends who or what they are, you may have to make the game into some kind of contest.

This old party game can be a lot of fun in the language classroom.