Marisa – intro me and you 2 mins and overall drift of talk
Alex – definitions what is a game and how to….. 3-4’
Alex – 3’ mention that we will give one or two examples of what talking abt on this slide – and do the very next one
Alex – instructions – each pair given two phrases – must create a dialogue and invent context -
Alex – choose left and right side of first row for team a and b – each team has 3000 euros – 1st decide which sentences right – no more than 5’
Marisa– describe game only – connect with developing creative thinking – also flexibility of phrases to be produced
Marisa – this and previous slide 3-4 mins
Alex – 2-3 mins
For a lesson warmer – revisiion of vocabulary or just for an energy lift! Alex
Marisa – next 3-4 slides games can practice skills this one prereading game – DO
Two pictures to find the differences – as a lead in and prediction activity BEFORE a reading
Marisa – to talk a bit about the younger age range and the Tyler categories
Alexander – last point of drill-like ritualistic responses should lead into the next slide with a couple of ideas for games that generate sustained talk
For this slide, I would give a small group individual cards in an envelope and have them do a quick example – winner is the one who can manage the longest turn
Phrases from a text to activate some of the words and collocations (husband killed wife 7 times)
Are we playing games or being serious 1
Are we Playing Games
or Being Serious?
Sunday 4 September, Athens
IP Autumn 2016
What turns an ’activity’ into a ‘game’?
A game consists of ‘play’ governed by ‘rules’ which
•purpose / objective
•competition and/or collaboration
•an element of fun / carelessness
Where can we find games?
•Hidden inside a boring exercise
•On the web (FL sites)
•On the web (non-FL sites)
•In games EFL books
•In non-EFL games books
Let’s Play: “–ing or –ed?”
Well, it’s not so
You don’t seem
amused at all
with my story.
You don’t look
Well, you do
not sound very
You look so
But your story is so
Passive Voice Questions Practice
The Pyramids When were the Pyramids built?
A.5th century BC B. C. 8th century BC
Why were the Pyramids built?
A. to house a library B. to bury a king
You work for a new TV show in the team that makes the
questions! Write questions about the following:
1.I suggest he ask several questions during the
2.Please, explain us this word because we don’t
3.It was impossible to know if he would have
wanted to spend so much money.
Why use games?
•focus on the
When should we use games in a lesson?
•early on in your lesson: to warm-up / present new
language / diagnose / revise
•mid-lesson: to offer controlled practice
•towards the end of the lesson: to offer freer
Mystery Ice Smashes Roof
In America the strange case of the block of ice that smashed through the roof
of a house in the small town of Timberville, Virginia, still defies explanation. It
happened on 7 March 1976 as Wilbert Cullers, his son’s girlfriend were
watching The Six Million Dollar Man on television. The local Daily News-
Record reported what happened on that peaceful Sunday evening:
"We heard a roar just like dynamite, and pieces of the ceiling came through,"
Mr Cullers said. The pieces of ceiling and several large pieces of murky ice
splattered onto the near the middle of the room, about a yard from the
Several of the pieces bounced into the rooms adjoining the living room. When
they looked up through the large hole in the living room ceiling, they could
see all the way into the clear, star-speckled sky outside."
Where, then, had the ice come from?
COMPETITION: The Craziest Explanation Wins!
Where DID the ice come from? Brainstorm some theories
•It could/might/must have been (caused by) a....
•The ice may/might/could have come from... etc.
Most & least believable theories win prizes!!!!!!!!
From Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World (Collins)
A question the Daily News-Record lost no time in putting to all
available authorities. Dr.Lehman, an astronomer from the
University of Virginia, and officials of the National Weather Service
were found to be in agreement: the ice probably came from an
aircraft. Dr.Lehman and his colleagues surmised that ice had
formed at a broken water vent on a plane and had fallen off when it
reached a weight of 10 or 15 lb (4.5-7 kg). Others, however, seemed
to be less sure. Not only did local meteorologists say there was
nothing in the atmosphere that night that could have caused a
large block of ice to form on aircraft, but none of the people who
were outside in the area of Wilbert Cullers’ house saw or heard an
aircraft, although the night was clear.
Factors affecting the choice of games:
•Amount of background knowledge needed to play the
•Level of ‘silliness’ allowed in the game
•The learners’ perception of the usefulness (or not) of
•The type of course, i.e. Business English
‘Serious’ or ‘Playful’ games?
Practical problems... and solutions!
•To compete or not?
get rid of a
card – the
Talk about one of the
games you used to
play when you were
10 years old
Talk about where
you used to go on
when you were 20
Tell us where you used
to go on summer
holiday when you were
in your teens
Talk about the school
where you used to go
as a child
Tell everyone about
some of the places
you used to go to
with your parents
How did you use to
spend your weekends
five years ago?
Talk about the clothes
What did your
Talk about some of the
He loved her
So, she decided
to get rid of him.
Make it look like
'You are a real
The detective looked
round, sniffing for
'Don't ever seek
refuge here', the
'My nerve has
She was a really
quiet and religious
believed them to
be very happy.
He would have
done anything to
make her stop
She thought she
forgive him for
'Oh, no! He is still
alive and kicking!'
'I think we ought
to call the police.'
persuaded her to
'What a bizarre
dress you are
1. Code-control games
•Master of ceremonies / Quizmaster
•Evaluator of responses / Judge
2. Communication games
•Informant / Language consultant
•Monitor / Corrector