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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+

Participants Number: 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). Write on the board and say:

There was an old lady, who swallowed a fly,

Next ask each player to find a rhyme to this sentence.

How to Play. When everybody is ready, the players take turns to read out their phrases. 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 every sentence, approved by you (which can be more than one). A player, who can not compose an appropriate rhyme, misses his/her go, but does not leave the game. When everyone spoke out or missed his/her go, you change 'fly' to 'spider' on the boad and say:'There was an old lady, who swallowed a spider!' After that, ask the players to rhyme this sentence. Then repeat the procedure with the words bird, cat, dog, goat, cow and horse. The winner is the player to get the most points.

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