Interview Bingo

This one is great for groups (at least 9 participants or more) and lower levels (A1-A2). It can be adapted to any grammar point or vocabulary.

  1. Distribute the handout. (see sample handout below called “can you”)
  2. Ask a learner to model the dialog/interview. Explain that if the person answers with YES, the asker may write the answerer’s name in the box below the picture. For groups that can handle it, you can request that they ask a follow-up question. If the person answers NO, then nothing is written. They may ask another question to the same person.
  3. The learners move around the room interviewing their classmates (The trainer can also take part). When they have completed their BINGO card, they sit down.
  4. The trainer then calls out the learners names one at a time at random. Those who have that person’s name, should mark the box with an X. Whoever has a row (vertical, horizontal, diagonal) shouts BINGO! Then, to confirm the win, they read out their row, e.g. Marco can repair cars, Teresa can swim, and Paulo can ride a horse. The winner can get a point or a candy/sticker or other reward.

Alternative: Instead of using a photo, use a photo AND a word/phrase or only a word/phrase in the box.

This is game can not be adapted to 1-1.




Would You Rather

This is a classic non-ELT game that many of us already know. It’s good in the classroom to practice that pesky phrase “Would you rather..?” and the answer “I’d rather + bare infinitive” or “I’d prefer + infinitive or noun”. Perfect for the B2 level or even for newish groups (maybe not for the first lesson, but the second?).

For those not acquainted, here’s how it works:

  1. Put the learners into pairs for the preparation.
  2. The learners should come up with 5-10 “Would you rather…?” statements. They can be with either two good options or two bad options (but NOT one of each). For example: “Would you rather be able to fly or have x-ray vision?” or “Would you rather shout at your boss or your boss shout(s) at you” (NB: this one might be good if you want to throw in the subjunctive for more advanced learners).
  3. Then in as a whole class or in groups of not more than about 10, each pair takes it in turn to ask their questions. You could have the pair single out a particular person or better, have multiple people answer or even everyone (including the askers and the trainer!). The players must answer and are not allowed to say “both” or “neither”.

20 Questions

Remember those long car rides (you North Americans) when you played this game for hours and hours? Well, I’ve found it to be a hit in the language classroom as well! It’s good for elementary to advanced levels.  For those who don’t know:

First review question types such as: Is it (+adj)?/ Does it (+verb)? Can it (+verb)?

      1. Then explain that one person is going to think of a person, animal or thing (no abstract things) and everyone else will ask a question (for large groups, form teams and each team can ask a question, but individual questions work well for groups up to 10).
      2. Explain that they can only ask a maximum of 20 questions as a group.
      3. Encourage them to ask general questions and get more specific.
      4. The winner is the person/group who correctly guesses AND did so in the fewest guesses.

Alternative structures to practice: Relative clauses (is it a thing which…/a person who…)