Subject: Yes/No questions


This is an original version of the popular Hot Seat game.

Skills: Speaking, Listening, Writing

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 20-30 minutes

Place: Classroom


- A chair;

- Black- or whiteboard.

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (1-2 minutes).

1. Put the chair back to the board at a distance of about 1 m from it.

2. Make sure that the players are familiar with the game of Hot Seat. If they are not, it would be feasible to briefly explain the general rules of the classic version.

How to Play. To start the game, invite Player A to come to the board in the role of Lawyer. Player B, acting as a client, sits down on the chair. You, playing the judge, ask three Yes/No questions to the 'lawyer about their client'. A typical role-play might start something like this:
You: Does he like coffee?

'Lawyer' writes on the board: Yes, he does.

'Client' (waiting for the 'lawyer' to finish writing): Yes, I do.

As a result of the right answer, the 'Lawyer' gets one point.

You: Can he play the piano?

'Lawyer' writes on the board: No, he can't.

'Client' (waiting for the 'lawyer' to finish writing): No, I can't.

As a result of the right answer, the 'Lawyer' gets one point.

You: Has he got a pet?

'Lawyer' writes on the board: Yes, he has.

'Client' (waiting for the 'lawyer' to finish writing): No, I haven't.

As a result of the wrong answer, the 'Lawyer' does not get any points.

In the end, the 'Lawyer' gets two out of three possible points. In the following round, the roles change: Player A acts as a judge, Player B acts as a lawyer and Player C acts as a client. The game continues as long as each player takes all the roles. The players, who get three points, become the winners of the game.