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Ideas for English Lessons


Famous Namesakes

Subject: Jobs


This game is designed to help new classmates to get to know each other's names, while playing, in the first lesson.

Skills: Speaking, Listening.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Any.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: Not required.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation: Not required.  

How to Play. First 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 players, but giving a word 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 gets 2 points by the number of given names.
and so on.
Names without indicating jobs are not accepted! After all the students have commented the name Fyodor, Player A is replaced by Player B and so on. The game lasts as long as all the players have introduced themselves. At the end, the gained points are counted up. The winner is the player to get the most points in total.