Number one for English language teachers

Minimal resources: Pub quiz

Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

Create a pub quiz with your class

Age: Adults
Level: 
Intermediate and above (B1 +)
Time: 60 minutes
Grammar: Questions
Sub skills: Speaking, listening
Materials:  Whiteboard or blackboard. Paper, pens, a prize (a chocolate bar or something small).

Procedure

1. Explain to students the idea of a pub quiz. It’s a fun test of general knowledge. Tell them there is always a prize for the winner. Promote your prize by saying how good it is, even though, quite obviously, it's cheap.

2. Brainstorm sample questions with the students.

What is the biggest animal in the world?
(Blue whale)

Who was the first president of the USA?
(George Washington)

Where is Uluru / Ayers Rock?
(Australia)

3. Depending on the size of your class, ask your students to write down three (or fewer) questions each. If you have ten people in the class then that will make thirty-three questions (including three from you). Go round and check the grammar.

4. Students now write the numbers 1–33 on a bit of paper with spaces for the answers.

5. As a class, ask and answer all the questions. Students read out their own questions. They get no marks for their own questions.

6. Check the answers, and give out the prize.

Note: It’s important that students actually know the answers to the questions they ask. Also, depending on the nature of your class, you might want to pre-teach the word ‘cheat’!

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