Number one for English language teachers

Memory games: What did you do?

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

When the class is feeling bored, here is a game they can play in groups or as a class.


  • If you are chosen as 'IT', tell your friends to take a good look at you.
  • Now go somewhere where your friends cannot see you. Do something to change your appearance subtly e.g. untying your shoelace or removing your watch.
  • Don't do something that can be spotted right away. Remember to change one thing only!
  • Next, come into class and ask your friend to find out what you did to change your appearance.

Other suggestions

  • Fold up the sleeves of your shirt.
  • Wear your right shoe on the left foot.
  • Do a different hair parting. 
  • Tie your scarf in a different direction.
  • Wear your glasses in a different manner.
  • Wear your watch on the other hand. 


  1. Students are asked to observe the class surroundings thoroughly. After choosing a student to be 'IT', the other students go out of class away from the possibility of observing the change taking place. The class comes in when 'IT' is ready and the students can ask questions to identify the change.
  2. To make it more difficult and with a more proficient class, students can only ask questions with a 'yes' or 'no' answer. 

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