Aim: Communicating with Past Forms
Activity: Question and Answer Game
Level: All Levels
- Start by describing a crime which happened last night. Each student pair will be interrogated by the rest of the class and will create alibis to prove they are innocent.
- Have students get into pairs.
- Have the students develop their alibis for where they were when the crime was committed. Encourage them to go into as much detail as possible when discussing their alibis.
- Go around the classroom getting an alibi statement from each group (e.g. We were away for a weekend trip to the countryside).
- Write the individual alibis on the board.
- Once each group has developed their alibis, ask them to write down 3 questions about the other alibis on the board.
- To begin the game, ask one student from the beginning pair to leave the room. The other students ask the first student the questions.
- Ask the other student to return to the classroom and have the students ask the same questions. Take note of how many differences there were in the students' responses.
- Repeat the same with each student pair.
- The "guilty" pair is the pair with the most discrepancies in their story.
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