a story about bad grammar and non-existent punctuation and my TEFL adventures
Seeing as my last few posts have been about sharing other people’s ideas and strokes of genius, I thought today I’d share a game that I use constantly in my lessons and which has never let me down.
Many people know this game as Twenty Questions, and it can actually be used for any topic, but for some reason I’ve always known it as Famous Names.
How it works:
Before class, cut up paper so you have a rectangle for each student. On each paper write down the name of a celebrity that everyone is familiar with – dead or alive.
Hand out the papers to your students face-down, so they cannot see which name they have been given.
On your count, all the students turn over their papers and hold them to their foreheads – again, they must not see who they are. Instead, they can see who their classmates are.
The students now ask each other questions to find out who they are. The thing is, the questions can only be Yes/No questions.
Am I a man?
Do I have blonde hair?
Am I married?
This continues until everyone has figured out there identity.
As you can see, this game can clearly be used for practise vocabulary on topics, such as occupations, countries, food or to introduce topics or even to practise a language structure.
Trust me, students love the fact that Juan is actually Queen Elizabeth or Claudia is Mickey Mouse.