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Ideas for English Lessons

Famous Namesakes

Subject: Jobs


This game is designed to help new classmates to get know each other's names in a playful way.

Skills: Speaking.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 14+

Participants Number: 6-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Any.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: Not required.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation: Not required.  

How to Play. Player A comes to the front of the class and the game may start like this:
You: What's your name?
Player A: My name is Fyodor.
You: Do you know any of your famous namesakes?
Player A: Yes, I do. Fyodor Shalyapin.
You: What was his job?
Player A: He was a singer.
Player A gets 1 point.
You (addressing to the other students, but giving the floor to each in turns): 

Who knows other famous men named Fyodor?
Player B: I know nobody.
Player C: I know Fyodor Bondarchouk, an actor, and Fyodor Dostoevsky, a writer.
Player C wins 2 points by the number of given names.
Names without indicating jobs are not accepted! After all the students commented the name Fyodor, Player A is replaced by Player B and so on. The game lasts as long as each student introduced himself/herself. The winner is the player to get the most points.