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Extras: Exchanging information

Short 'extra' activities based on information exchanges, including a game involving ‘mystery guests’ and a warmer where students have to guess whether the teacher is lying.  

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  • Exchanging information: Life circle

    Author: Alan Marsh Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Students are often curious about the life of their teacher outside their professional role, and this activity's useful for opening up to a new class as a person (and not just as a teacher).

  • Exchanging information: Mystery guest

    Author: Natasa Milutinov Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    The idea for this activity came from an old game show. It is important to note that it can only be done at the very beginning of the first class in a new group. It is essential that the students do not know each other.

  • Exchanging information: Weekend game

    Author: Kirsty Harper Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Students find out as much information about their partner’s weekend / holiday as possible, then tell the rest of the class about their partner's weekend / holiday and answer questions.

  • Exchanging information: Circle game

    Author: Abena Baiden Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Students find things they have in common.

  • Exchanging information: Dicey questions

    Author: Richelle Hewin Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Roll the dice to find out which question word to use.

  • Exchanging information: Don't answer back

    Author: Christina Back Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    I got this idea from a quiz show on a radio programme last year. It guarantees confusion and lots of laughter in the classroom, perfect for teenagers.

  • Exchanging information: Identity swap

    Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This activity is good for practising questions and listening to the answers - which students don't do all the time!

  • Exchanging information: Table manners

    Author: Catherine Marsh Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate Type: Extra

    Short activity about countable and uncountable nouns.

  • Exchanging information: The interrupting game

    Author: Corina Craciun Type: Extra

    This warmer gives students suggestions for how to politely interrupt someone who is speaking.

  • Exchanging information: The lying game

    Author: Anushka Fowler Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Is the teacher telling the truth or lying?

  • Exchanging information: Toilet paper information

    Author: Paul Ashe Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Short activity about sharing personal information.

  • Exchanging information: True sentences

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This exercise can produce a lot of language from the group with the minimum amount of effort from the teacher. It is designed to practise yes/no questions using various forms of the past.

  • Exchanging information: Weekend

    Author: Chris Clayton Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    I've used this activity many times and have found that my students thoroughly enjoy not telling the truth!

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