Create a pub quiz with your class

Age: Adults
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).


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?

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

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

Note: Students must 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’!