Number one for English language teachers

Team games: Who wants to be a millionaire?

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

This is a fun way of revising multiple choice questions based on the TV show 'Who wants to be a Millionaire?'.

  • Can be applied to any multiple-choice exercise
  • Can be used as a warmer or filler
  • Can be used for correcting homework multiple-choice exercises
  • Particularly good for light relief in an exam class

I teach a lot of exam courses and many of the test formats such as IELTS and Cambridge exams use multiple-choice exercises as in the popular TV show 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'. The activity simply makes the process of checking multiple-choice exercises more fun and is good for keeping tired students going.

Procedure

Ask the class if they have ever watched the TV show 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' (Very popular in many countries!).

  • Elicit from the students the rules of the game.
  • Tell the students that they are now going to play the game.
  • Explain how they are going to play the game in class: Every student starts with a £1000 pounds and for every correct answer the student doubles their money.
  • If a student isn’t very confident they have the option of not playing for that particular question (but they can still stay in the game for the next question).
  • Keep a track of each student’s progress on the board.
  • The winner is the student with the most money at the end of the game.

Variations

  • I don’t use 50/50 or phone a friend or ask the audience but you could adapt the game to use 50/50 if you wanted, (phone a friend might be a bit difficult and ask the audience wouldn’t be appropriate).
  • I allow students to stay in the game to keep everyone involved but they lose their money if they get the question wrong. You could change the amounts of money won.
  • You could get a student to act as record keeper for each student and ask for a summary of who has got how much money at the end of each round.
    Students could work in pairs but they would have to agree on each answer before giving the answer.

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