Number one for English language teachers

Extras: Information gap or guessing games

Short 'extra' activities based on information gaps and guessing, including a detective game and a warmer/filler on telephone collocations.

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  • Gaps and guessing: Detective game

    Author: William Paulon Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Students become detectives and question the teacher about a mystery story.

  • Gaps and guessing: Flower power game

    Type: Extra, Game

    This is a variation on ‘Hangman’ which I developed for use in a class which had a number of refugees who had come from violent situations in their lives.

  • Gaps and guessing: Hitting the headlines

    Author: Mark Lloyd Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    This activity works well because it is creative without being overly demanding, and it has the effect of making students feel important by raising the ordinary, day-to-day events of their lives to the status of headlines.

  • Gaps and guessing: Human interest

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

    This is a good way to get students speaking at the start of a lesson, since human interest stories are often short but engaging, so there is a natural curiosity among students to find out what actually happened.

  • Gaps and guessing: Mystery game

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

    This is my idea for a warmer to get the students thinking. Good for upper-intermediate students and above.

  • Gaps and guessing: Telephone collocations

    Author: Kirby Vincent Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    Here is a warmer or filler I've used for telephoning in business English.

  • Gaps and guessing: Thoughts that help us to live

    Author: Olga Kapitonova Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

    The students really enjoy this activity when I introduce a topic for discussion e.g. biography, character, famous personalities and some others.

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