24 April 2020
Quiz Night – Call My Bluff
This is based on an old British TV show. A team (ideally of three) will be given a word – in the first example, it will be ‘jeopardy’. Each member reads out a definition; depending on the ability of the students, they may be able to embellish, and use intonation to add colour to their presentations. They may also use examples such as ‘Jeopardy, if you have seen a Vietnam war film, you will remember seeing a small, open-top green car. They were used all over Vietnam. These are called, jeopardies. One day, I hope to drive a jeopardy.’
The teacher can adapt this principle to review recent vocabulary.
1 In danger, danger of losing or failing
2 A small car used by the army
3 A bird in Australia that can speak fluent English
1 People who order food in a restaurant but run away without paying
2 Large vehicles for carrying heavy goods
3 People who enter a competition, or take part.
1 A lady with more than six children
2 The most amount of something
3 A type of sports outfit used in cycling
In the form of
1 Looking like something, in the shape of something
2 Something made of glass or metal
3 Paperwork needed to get a US visa
1 To do something again
2 To make less of something
3 To use glass, plastic, paper again and again
1 Real, a fact
2 A person who works in theatre or cinema
3 A person who works with a company’s money and finances
1 A painting of a happy person
2 Very clever or intelligent
3 A small cake made in the UK
except the last one
1 Only the last one
2 Everyone but not the last one
3 To have to start a game over again
This activity is designed to get the students talking to each other, and encouraging them to elicit more information from their classmates.
The questions could be copied onto a sheet, printed out then distributed to the class, so they can walk around and talk to as many people as feasible.
Before the activity, board some key phrases to help:
What did you buy online, which website did you use, how long did it take to arrive ?
Were you happy with the purchase ? Why or why not ?
What websites would you recommend for university work or borrowing books ?
Can you trust Wikipedia …?
Question // Name // Answer
|How often do you go online ?|
|Do you use the internet for work and/or study ? How ?|
|What social media sites do you use regularly ? How often ?|
|Have you ever bought or sold anything online ?|
|What is good about the internet ? What is the worst ?|
I learnt this at International House, London, as part of the CELTA course, and I use it frequently.
The concept is to introduce phrases and expressions by which students can exchange opinions. Students are placed in small groups and have to decide upon five items. After, they must discuss with other groups their choices. If there are any differences in opinion, the teams must negotiate until the whole class agrees on five items.
First, go through the items, then drill the negotiation phrases.
You need to select five items below to help you survive in the desert.
Factors to consider:
food, drink, heat, cold, injuries, attracting attention, wildlife
First aid kit // matches // rope // knife // compass
cigarettes // blankets // barrel of water
flare gun // torch
magnifying glass // Beatles CD // make-up set // dried food
English grammar study book
Angry Birds game // air rifle // sun block
I see your point but … that’s interesting, however …
I’m not sure about that // I can’t go along with that
I don’t feel that is entirely right // I fail to see the merits of …
I respectfully disagree // I find your contention somewhat flawed
Your case (argument) is not without value, but …
Have you fully considered the implications of your decision ?