Kitty: What do you want to do?
Cow Boy: I want to go to Tokyo to eat cakes
For this activity I have to thank mes English for this one. They provide a perfect template for the game “Get 4” to practice many grammar points or for simple vocabulary practice.
The reason I am posting it today is that I have used it in my Elementary classes right up to my adult learners. It has been a success every time.
Like any activity I change the rules to suit the abilities and needs of my students.
In the ideal classroom, all students behave perfectly and never cheat. However, this is never the case, so I always look for the best ways to make this activity fool-proof. Even this one can have it’s faults, but you have to try to trust your students a little sometimes.
Today I used it for practicing infinitives;
A: What do you want to do?
B: I want to go to Tokyo to eat cakes.
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- 1 worksheet per pair of students
- an enlarged copy (I enlarged it to A1) to use to demonstrate the game to the class.
- Split your class into pairs
- Give one worksheet per pair of students
- 1 student is X and the other is O
- Play RSP to decide who is A in the dialogue
- For the sake of explanation the student who is O starts by saying to X, ” What do you want to do?”
- Student X chooses the squares he/she wants, such as, “I want to go to Tokyo to eat cake”
- Student O looks for that square then marks an X in that box for student X.
- The students switch roles.
- In short, X student marks Os square with an O
- O student marks X‘s sentence with an X
I find this variation of the rules cuts down the potential to cheat and encourages more listening and speaking.
I hope my directions were clear enough. The students really get into this activity. I found that even the slow learners participate well. Success. I just hope they can remember the structure for the next lesson without too much re-explanation.