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Bad Advice

Subject: Imperative


Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 18+

Participants Number: 4-8 players.

Time: 20-25 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / A marker.

Preliminary Preparation. Not required.

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes). Write on the board the following or any similar topics:

How to lose your job?

How to quarrel with your neigbours?

How to spoil your holiday?

How to fall into depression?

How to gain weight?

How to catch a cold?

How to weaken your eyesight?

How to be always late?

Next ask each player to choose a topic and to write bad advice for it in their notebook.

How to Play. When everyone is ready, Player A reads out his/her advice like this:

How to gain weight?

1. Eat fatty food.

2. Have dinner late. 

3. Don't walk.

4. Don't do exercises.

5. Don't weight.

As a result, Player A gets 5 points by the number of items of his/her bad advice. After that, you ask the rest of the class what another advice they can give to someone, who would wish to gain weight. For each tip, unsaid before by Player A, the participant gets 1 point. Now it is Player B's turn to read out his/her bad advice and so on. The game lasts as long as all the pieces of bad advice have been read or spoken out. At the end, the gained points are counted up. The winner is the player to get the most points in total.