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Speaking: Murder in the classroom

Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

Students take on roles in a murder mystery game and work together to discover the identity and motive of the murderer.

  • Skills: Reading, speaking, listening
  • Grammar: Past tenses, past continuous action interrupted by a past simple action.
  • Level: Pre-intermediate +
  • Age group: Teens/young adults
  • Materials: Character cards, worksheet
  • Time: +/- 50 minutes

Note: The murder mystery game scenario may be inappropriate in certain school teaching contexts. If you are in any doubt, please check with your colleagues.

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Readers' comments (5)

  • I have used this lesson a few times now and the students always have fun. I've made a Kahoot! for this too - for those of you who have classrooms with interactive whiteboards or pc screen projectors (and students with mobile phones of course)...
    https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/6f0a045f-72fe-4c89-9d83-e28c2e0775f4

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  • Hi Svetlana,

    Thanks for the positive feedback. Glad you enjoyed this lesson and found it so useful!

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • Thanks a lot! Very useful and interesting.

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  • Dear Roy,
    Thanks so much for sharing these fantastic resources. The slide show and the character cards look great and we're sure students will really enjoy them!
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I have taken the liberty of producing a slide deck to accompany the “Murder in the Classroom” lesson plan and I have also produced a set of Character Cards for up to 20 players. These have both been uploaded to Slide Share and can be downloaded at the links below:

    SlideShare.net – PPT introduction slide deck:
    http://www.slideshare.net/RoyHanney/murder-in-the-classroom-murder-mystery-game

    SlideShare.net – PDF of an adapted set of Character Cards:
    http://www.slideshare.net/RoyHanney/murder-in-the-classroom-character-cards

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