Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening
Recommended Age: 16+
Number of Participants: 4-12 players
Time: 30-40 minutes
Equipment: A black- or whiteboard
Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker
Preliminary Preparation: Not required
Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes):
1. Ask the students, e.g.:'What country is Vienna the capital of?' The player, who first calls out:'Austria!', comes to the board.
2. This player writes words, beginning with each letter of this country name like this:
Austria: actor, umbrella, salad, ticket, river, interview, armchair
3. Ask the same question with another capital and so on.
4. When each player has got a country, tell them to make up news from it in their notebook, using all the words, written by them on the board. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While they are writing, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.
How to Play. After everyone is ready, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite the players to take it in turns reading aloud their essays. The game continues as long as all the 'news' have been read aloud. The player, whose news is considered to be the best, becomes the winner of the game. If necessary, you can invite the players to vote.