Get your students ask question with the game ASK! DON’T STRAY!

Do you know how many questions each person asks every day in their life? From 200 in the childhood to 70-100 in the adult life!

But asking questions for ESL students is not that easy! We need to practice

how to teach them asking questions in a fun and engaging way!

Please look at the ideas for levels A1-B1:

The advantages of the game:

-motivation

-stress reduction

– friendly competition

-stress reduction

-intensive practice in context

-positive emotions

-Intellectual engagement

-higher fluency

 

There are 10 jobs sets  with 6 cards in each:

Each card has its own character with his/her brief life description.

We can find out about our character’s:

every day activities (Present Simple)

 -life experience (Present Perfect)

 -last weekend activities (Past Simple)

 -before leaving for work activities (Past Perfect)

 -between 8-10p.m. yesterday activities (Past Continuous)

 -at the moment activities  (Present Continuous)

 -future plans (Future Simple, going to)

There are also 10 cards with activities the players will ask about:

They choose one of the cards above, but they have to be placed face down so that the players cannot see what the other person collects.

You, as a teacher choose a Category Card, depending on what you want your students to practice:

If you want to practice only HAVE  and BE you don’t need a Category card, Your students will  have to look  ONLY at the front of the cards:

Here is an example dialog:

If we decide to practice questions about everyday activities, a player may ask:

  • Does she/he cook?

If a player who was given this question has two or more cards with characters that cook,

He/she says:

  • Yes, she/he does. Ask more.

To get a desirable card, a player needs to find a suitable question word:

  • WHEN does she/he cook? lub WHERE does she/he cook?

When the player gives the answer, they exchange the cards.

THE PLAYER WHO HAS COLLECTED 6 CARDS FROM THE SAME JOB, WINS THE GAME!

I am sure,  your students will have  fun and you will feel a great satisfaction!

There are plenty of other ideas how to play and practice English with these cards, but ….

TO BE CONTINUED…..

Regina

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