16 politeness competition games

Updated 21 October 2015

An easy to organise and fun game  for all kinds of polite language. Students choose one of the rude sentences they are given (“Give me a pen” etc) and compete to make it more and more polite. Whenever they can’t make it more polite, the politest sentence gets one point and they move onto another sentence. It’s loads of fun because the rude versions are funny and the super polite versions are too!

At some point they can be given useful words to make sentence more polite (“mind”, “possibly”, “seem”, etc) and/ or super polite sentences to edit down, then they work together to write sensibly polite versions of all the rude sentences.

Some of the many possible worksheets using this idea:

Emails dealing with problems and complaints politeness competition game – NEW

Dealing with questions in presentations politeness competition game

Leading seminars and discussions politeness competition game

Ending presentations politeness competition game

Starting presentations politeness competition game

Turn taking politeness competition game

Telephoning politeness competition game

Responding to requests politeness competition game

Checking/ Clarifying politeness competition

Telephone and email politeness competition

Complaints politeness competition game

Teleconferencing politeness competition game

Meeting people politeness game

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Saying no to enquiries

Market Leader Pre-Intermediate Unit 3 politeness competition game

Click on the TEFLtastic Classics tag below for 11 more very adaptable games like this.

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One Response to 16 politeness competition games

  1. alexcase says:

    Suddenly realised I can also turn this into a board game

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