Ideas for English Lessons

Bad Advice

Subject: Imperative


Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 18+

Participants Number: 4-8 players

Time: 20-25 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or marker

Preliminary Preparation. Not required

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes):

1. Write on the board the following or any similar topics:


How to lose your job?

How to quarrel with your neigbours?

How to spoil your holiday?

How to fall into depression?

How to gain weight?

How to catch a cold?

How to weaken your eyesight?

How to be always late?


2. Tell each student to choose a topic and to write bad advice for it in their notebook. Allow them a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While the students are writing, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.

How to Play. When everyone has finished, bring the class to order. Aferwards, invite Player A to read out their advice. It might look something like this:


How to gain weight?

1. Eat fatty food.

2. Have dinner late. 

3. Don't walk.

4. Don't do exercises.

5. Don't weight.


As a result, Player A gets five points by the number of items of their bad advice. After that, you ask the rest of the class what another advice they can give to someone, who would wish to gain weight. For each tip, unsaid before by Player A, the game participant gets one point. This time, it is Player B, whose turn to read out their bad advice and so on. The game continues as long as all the pieces of bad advice have been read or spoken out. At the end of the activity, the number of points, accumulated by each participant during the competition, is counted up. The player, who gets the most points in total, becomes the winner of the game.