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Ideas for English Lessons



Subject: Yes/No questions


This is an original version of the popular Hot Seat game.

Skills: Speaking, Listening, Writing.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 20-30 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: A chair; Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (1-2 minutes). First put the chair back to the board at a distance of about 1 m from it. Next make sure that the players are familiar with the Hot Seat game.

How to Play. Player A comes to the board in the role of lawyer. Player B, acting as a client, sits down on the chair. You, playing the judge, ask 3 Yes/No questions to the 'lawyer about his/her client'. The game may start like this:
You: Does he like coffee?

'Lawyer' writes on the board: Yes, he does.

'Client' (waiting for the 'lawyer' to finish writing): Yes, I do.

'Lawyer' gets 1 point.

You: Can he play the piano?

'Lawyer' writes on the board: No, he can't.

'Client' (waiting for the 'lawyer' to finish writing): No, I can't.

'Lawyer' gets 1 point.

You: Has he got a pet?

'Lawyer' writes on the board: Yes, he has.

'Client' (waiting for the 'lawyer' to finish writing): No, I haven't.

'Lawyer' does not get any points.

As a result, the 'lawyer' gets 2 out of 3 possible points. In the second round, the roles change: Player A acts as a judge, Player B acts as a lawyer and Player C acts as a client. The game lasts as long as each player takes all the roles. The winners are the players to get 3 points.