Mido Farid has sent in another game, this one is called “Pig!”  It’s a review of any question!

  1. Put a chair in the middle of the class.
  2. Ask one student to sit on the chair.
  3. All the class should ask him/her questions
  4. But….. that student should always only answer with one word e.g. pig
  5. e.g. What do you do? Pig, What is your girlfriend’s name? Pig What’s your favourite sport? Pig
  6. The student who is asking or answering should not laugh!
  7. If they do laugh they will be out of the game!

It is a nice game I tried it in my class my students love it – Mido

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What do you guys think?

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10 Responses to “New Game: Pig!”

  1. Margit

    This sounds fun and “silly”, meaning “silly” in a way, a lesson sometimes needs to get some silly aspect. And if the kids get this “silliness” it means they understood! great.

    I think I played something similar, the other way round , when I was small:
    The kids in the middle has to make questions, or also statements. This kid is “a little black cat”. So the kids outside have to pet the kid’s head after each question saying “Oh, poor black cat”.

  2. SallieC.

    Makes sense to me. By having the same answer already scripted for everyone one, this takes pressure off of other speakers so to focus on the one speaker. Sometimes an instructor loses focus if having to correct both speakers or multiple speakers at a time.

  3. Roy Melling

    Isn’t this teaching bad manners? Nobody answers with pig unless you are being rude!

  4. Romulo

    Though I agree it may be fun, it depends a lot on the classroom and what kind of children you have. There are very delicate children and I meet lots of them in the schools I go to and I think many of them would collapse and cry with phrases like “What’s your name?” “- Pig…”, and the following general laughing that would come for sure.
    It may not be “politically correct” and if something bad happens it would be hardly criticized, especially if there is some member of the BoE watching your lesson. Overall, it may not be a good idea…

  5. richard

    It’s interesting seeing everyone’s comments! I was initially hesitant because of the religious problem with pigs, but as Mido is from Egypt I let it go.

    I would hope that by the time the kids have worked through enough Genki English themes to do this game (they need quite a few questions!) they would have the self confidence and manners to stand up to it, after all you lose the game if you laugh and have to sit in the middle! Of course if the kids have just been doing a normal non-Genki English course then you probably have a point!

  6. Andrea

    You can use any reply for this game. When I was taught this game I was told to use “wobbly jelly” as the answer. But I suppose it depends on what is going to get the most laughs and what the students know….monkey, banana and monster are some other options!

  7. nigel

    I’ve seen this game on several different websites which use different words. There was the halloween theme where they had to say pumpkin, then there was watermelon.

    I’ve tried it in classes and it is great for kids to practice asking questions. Although the younger kids usually ask question that can only be answered yes or no, and the more advanced once try to get the kid answering question to answer more embarrasing questions such as where do you live, what does you mother look like etc. Usually have to change people around at that point.

    However i was thinking another way of doing it was instaed of just answering with a one word reply, that they have to use the one word they have been given in a sentence. For examply, if the word is watermelon

    what’s your name? my name is watermelon
    Where do you live? I live next to a watermelon
    How do you go to school? by watermelon
    Where are your books? under a giant watermelon
    etc. Does that sound better?

  8. mido

    hi teachers
    i hope any one read my games leave a comment
    coz i still have lots of ideas im going to send them to genkienglish
    hope to hear from u soon
    mido

  9. Martin

    Well, in response to the religious problems or whatever from “pig”, just swap that word for something else that will still cause a silly laugh. Right?

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