Ideas for English Lessons

Munchausen

Subject: Present Perfect + Past tenses

 

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-10 players

Time: 20-25 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (5-10 minutes):

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

2. Tell each player to recall their real unusual experience or to invent one. It might be something like this:'I've flown in a helicopter!'

How to Play. When everyone is ready, give Player A the role of Munchausen and invite them to stand in front of their classmates.

A typical role-play might start something like this:

Player А: I've seen Prince Charles!

Player B: Where did you see him?

Player А: In London, near Buckingham palace.

Player C: Who was he with?

Player А: He was with his wife.

Player D: What were they doing?

Player А: They were walking towards the palace.

and so on around the circle.

After everyone has asked their question to Player A, invite the students to take it in turns saying if they believe the 'Munchausen' or not. When everyone has given their opinion, Player A says if their statement is true or false. As a result, the 'Munchausen' gets as many points as the number of players, fooled by them. This time, it is Player B, whose turn to stand in front of the other class and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the students act as a famous baron. At the end of the activity, the number of points, accumulated by each participant during the competition, is counted up. The best 'Munchausen' is the player, who gets the most points.