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Eyes Shut

Introduction:
True or false game played with closed eyes.

What is learnt?
Present Perfect, and can be adapted to teach other grammatical structures.


How the game is played:

  1. 1st put a selection of irregular verbs up on the board, e.g.

    buy

    bought

    bought

    begin

    began

    begun

    give

    gave

    given

    lend

    lent

    lent

    lose

    lost

    lost

    see

    saw

    seen

    sell

    sold

    sold

    Make sure the meanings of the verbs are clear to everybody.

  2. Group the students in seated circles of about ten. Explain that they are going to play a concentration game, with eyes shut. The first student will make a present perfect sentence about herself, using one of the verbs given or another of her choice, e.g. 'I've sold my bike'. These sentences may be either true or false. Everybody shuts their eyes. The student to her right then repeats her sentence, in the first person and adds her own, e.g. 'I've sold my bike, I've begun trampolining'. Student 3, going round the circle, repeats the first two sentences and adds hers etc.

  3. Tell the students to have a good look round their circles before they shut their eyes. Get the game going. (Some groups manage to go round the circle more than once, so there are 15, 20, 25 present perfect sentences being remembered.)

  4. Allow the students time to guess which sentences were true

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Graham.J.B. for submitting this game to us.

02.01.2007. 12:02

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