(with a time-adding writing/testing option)
materials: target sentence pattern, and return comment
time: 5-10 minutes (with writing, 15-20 min.)
-Write a sentence pattern on the blackboard. the part that the students will change should be written in a different color, or underlined. Write also the partner’s return pattern *.
-* teachers here can choose what language the students react with. for example, ‘I play tennis.’ --> ‘You play tennis?’ or -->‘Liar! You don’t play tennis!’ or -->‘I think you don’t play tennis’ or -->‘Do you really play tennis?’, etc.
-Students think of two sentences in this target pattern-one TRUE and one FALSE.
-Writing/testing option--students write the sentences in their notebooks (or elsewhere) for checking before the next speaking activity.
-With all students standing, pairs play janken, and loser says/reads their two sentences aloud. janken winner must guess which is the FALSE statement, using the teacher-chosen language (above *).
-If points are awarded, correctly guessing students get one point for each correct guess.
For classes that don’t interact well in a free-moving activity like this, have the students move in their seating rows, seat pairs playing janken, and one side rotating back one seat after their conversation is finished.