English Games for High School

Johnny is Going to Work

Subject: Can + Transport


Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Recommended Age: 16+

Participants Number: 4-12 players

Time: 10-15 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (3-5 minutes).

1. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting or standing in a circle or a semi-circle.

2. Explain to the students that in this game each player must anticipate the previous speaker, giving a reason why the hero can not go to work by the mentioned kind of transport.

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

You: Johnny's going to work by car!

Player А: No, he can't go by car, because his car is broken. Johnny's going to work by bus!

Player B: No, he can't go by bus, because he's missed one. Johnny's going to work by tram!

Player C: No, he can't go by tram, because electricity is out. Johnny's going to work by plane!

and so on around the circle.

A player, who can not give an appropriate argument or name a new kind of transport, drops out of the game. The activity continues around the circle as long as only one student is left. This last remaining player becomes the winner of the game.