This can be used for almost any tense and level.
- Give the participants three slips of paper and ask them to write one sentence on each. If we have just been doing the past simple, for example, I ask them to write three true things in the past simple (but this works for almost all tenses) about themselves.
- Collect the slips and redistribute them. They should NOT get their own slips back.
- Then explain that they are going to find the person who wrote the information on the slips. I usually play background music to simulate a party atmosphere. Everyone will get up and mill around asking people about the slips. For example, if the slip says “I bought a sofa last week.” the asker could ask “What did you do last week/Did you buy anything last week?/How old is your sofa?” etc. They should also ask a follow-up question.
- Allow the activity to continue until they have found all the authors and have asked all their follow-up questions.
- Then have a feedback session. I usually do this simply by asking: “What interesting or new thing did you learn about your classmates?”