This is a jazzed up version of a game I saw at the ACET meeting the other day.

1. One student, “the biter”, stands by one end of the table. They face the wall.

2. Everyone else stands by the other end of the table. They face “the biter”.

3. In between lay, face down so no one can see, today’s mini cards or picture cards. e.g. What do you want to be for Halloween?

4. The kids ask the biter today’s question e.g. What do you want to be for Halloween?

5. The biter choses one answer.

6. The biter then asks the kids “What do you want to be for Halloween“?

7. Β The other kids move forward & turn over the first card. Β They all say out together what it is e.g. I want to be a ghost etc.

8. The biter again asks the kids “What do you want to be for Halloween“?

9. The other kids move forward & continue to the next card, turning it over and saying the English.

10. But .. if they uncover and shout out the card that the biter chose they have to run back to the safe wall on their side of the class!

11. But…. they can’t run until the biter turns around!

12. If the biter catches anyone before they touch the wall, that person becomes the new biter.

13. Shuffle the cards and repeat from step 1.

There’s plenty of speaking practice here, both in groups andΒ individually.

Of course the tension comes as you get nearer and nearer the biter.

And of course you can change it to any language you like, Where is the spider plus prepositions or even simple things like How are you? or weather.

What do you think?

Richard Graham

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5 Responses to “New Game: It bites!”

  1. Kobekid

    cool idea!

    guess you could do it without a table with a big class but might get dangerous with kids running in every direction. Yes lots of speaking practice which would give the teacher a great chance to monitor and assess how well the students can handle the language.

  2. richard

    They did it with a4 cards on the floor on Sunday. But… I didn’t like all the time it took to bend down and pick up the cards!

    For big classes I’d just put them in groups!

  3. Amanda

    That is a good idea! I’m sure this would work great also for other themes. Thanks.

  4. Lines

    I think it’s great! Thank you very much. Pupils can speak a lot in a genki way.

  5. Sonja

    I think it’s a nice idea for small groups, because with big groups there might be some trouble with the kids trying to run in different directions.

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