English Games for Teenagers


Subject: Modals


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

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 15-25 minutes

Place: Classroom


- A chair;

- A black- or whiteboard.

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (1-2 minutes).

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

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

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

How to Play. For beginning the game, invite Player A to sit down on the chair. Next, you write on the board any public place, known to all the students in the class, e.g.'theatre'. Then invite the other players to take it in turns saying behaviour rules for this place, and the 'visitor' tries to guess 'where they are'.

A typical role-play might start something like this:

Player В: You should keep quiet.

Player А: Am I in a library?

Player В: No, you aren't.

Player C: You must have a ticket.

Player А: Am I in a museum?

Player C: No, you aren't.

Player D: You have to take your seat.

Player А: Am I in a cinema?

Player D: No, you aren't.

Player E: You can get a programme.

Player А: Am I in a theatre?

Player В: Yes, you are.

As a result of the correct answer, Player A gets four points by the number of guesses made. In the following round, it is Player B, whose turn to takes the seat of the 'Visotor' and you write another public place on the board. This time, it is Player C, who must say the first rule for this place and so on. The game continues right around the circle as long as each participant, at least once, acts as the Visitor. The player, who gets the LEAST points, becomes the winner of the game.