Ideas for Games

On this course, we are not going to do your job for you. There are literally millions of games you could use. All you need to do is go to the resource room of the language school you work in and thumb through the course books until you find one you like the look of. Alternatively, you can search the internet where you will find every idea possible. The reality is that about only 10% of TEFL teachers create their own materials.  Luckily, for the rest of us, they share. The only skill you will need to develop is being able to spot the great ideas from the average. Okay, we will start you off with some classics.

The Alibi game

An absolute classic game that works for any student who has started to learn how to speak in the past, or who just needs the practice. The teacher starts by splitting the students into groups, as equally as possible. (We will explain the game to you as though there are 2 groups).

The teacher explains the game to the students: one person is chosen to be the suspected murderer. The idea is that the suspect has told the police that they were in a restaurant with their friends at the time of the crime (the group the suspect is in are the now the friends the suspect was allegedly with at the restaurant).

The other group are now told that they are the police and that they are about to interview the suspect and friends, to try and find out if the alibi is true.

The teacher explains that the police win if they discover the lies and the suspects win if they give perfect alibis. You explain that you will be the judge. The teacher then gives each group time to prepare.

The suspects and friends then prepare an alibi so they can be interviewed separately and repeat the same story. You must warn them that they cannot say they don’t remember. If they have not prepared an answer then they must make up an answer and hope the others in their group say the same.

The other group (police) then prepares a list of questions to ask the suspects. It is important that they don’t concentrate on the obvious questions as their job is to think of the kind of things you would definitely remember but might not think to prepare an answer for if you were not telling the truth. For example, what music was playing? What shape was the table?

You give the students time to prepare. When they have prepared they will be separated and interviewed at the same time around the room (they will be put into pairs, one suspect being interviewed by 1 police person).

Once they have completed the interviews, you send the students back to their original groups. The police will compare stories to discover if they uncovered any lies and the suspects will get together and try to work out where they may have been caught out.

The Police present their findings to the class and the teacher then decides if there is enough evidence for an arrest!