Go Fish

This classic is good for A1 and A2 levels. It’s perfect to practice structures such as:

Do you have a …? I would like… Have you got… I am looking for… etc.

I need a thing which…/ I am looking for a person who…/ I would like an animal that…

And it can also be used to practice very specific vocabulary. It’s great then for ALL LEVELS of general and technical English (Do you have a wrench? A catalytic converter? A vile of … etc.)

  1. Collect the words you would like to practice and draw pictures or find cc pictures online and paste them into a table with frames so that you can print and cut out cards.
  2. Explain the rules to the learners. In pairs or small groups they receive 5 cards. The rest are placed in the middle. They want to get pairs. If they already have a pair, they put it on the table in front of them. The first player asks another e.g. “Sabine, do you have a bathroom cabinet?”. If she has it, she responds “Yes, I do. Here you are.” If she does not, she responds “No, I don’t. Go fish (or Take a card).”
  3. The game continues until one player is out of cards. Then all the players count their pairs. The one with the most pairs is the winner.

It is great for vocabulary and grammar structure and the learners love it. To mix it up, put objects of different colors/sizes on the cards (a black sink/a small vase etc.). By tweaking this game you can use it again and again and it will always be interesting!

1-1: This game is perfect for 1-1 lessons. The trainer is the partner, play as above.



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