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Ideas for English Lessons



Subject: Phonetics


This game is based on a famous nursery rhyme.

Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening.

Level: B2

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 20-25 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (3-5 minutes). First write on the board and say the following example sentence:

There was an old lady, who swallowed a fly,

Next ask each player to find a rhyme for this sentence in their notebook.

How to Play. When everyone is ready, the players take it in turns to say their sentences. The game may start like this:

You: There was an old lady, who swallowed a fly,

Player А: And just after that she flew in the sky!

Player В: But I don't think that she will soon die!

Player С: Did she? It's amazing! But why?

and so on.

A player gets 1 point for each sentence, approved by you (which can be more than one). A player, who can not compose an appropriate rhyme, misses his/her turn, but does not leave the game. When everyone has spoken out or missed his/her turn, you change 'fly' to 'spider' on the borad and say:

There was an old lady, who swallowed a spider!

After that, ask the players to rhyme this sentence. Then follow the same procedure with the words bird, cat, dog, goat, cow and horse. At the end, the gained points are counted up. The winner is the player to get the most points in total.

Advice. Since the task takes a long time to complete, it is more rational to try only the example sentence in the first lesson and to set the others for homework. In this case, the game itself is held in the next lesson.