Ideas for English Lessons

A Year Ago

Subject: Future in the Past


This game is designed specially for the last lesson before New Year.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Recommended Age: 18+

Number of Participants: 4-8 players

Time: 10-15 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation:  Not required

Immediate Preparation (2-5 minutes):

1. If possible, arrange the game participants in a circle or a semi-circle.

2. New Year is a time for reviewing progress. In this connection, invite the students to recall events, which happened to them in the old year, but they had not expect them a year ago. In order to give an example, you can say something like this:

'A year ago I didn't know that I would visit China'

How to Play. A typical game might start something like this:

Player А:  A year ago I didn't know that I would change my job.

Player В: A year ago I didn't know that I would become an uncle.

and so on around the circle.

A student, who cannot make an appropriate sentence, drops out of the game. The activity continues around the circle as long as only one participant is left. This last remaining player becomes the winner of the game.