I’m not claiming any particular originality for the ideas I’m including in this series (hence the word “classics”), but even less so with this one. However, I have come up with some little variations, including:
– Using it for Present Continuous
– Using it for Business English and ESP
– Adding loads of vocabulary revision
– Extending the discussion into personality words via what your reaction really would be to those crazy actions, what actions might stimulate creativity at work, etc
– Using it with young learners
The rules of the game are incredibly simple. One student accuses another with “When I saw you were + verb + ing” (or “Why are you + verb + ing?” with the Present Continuous variation) and their partner must find a good reason for painting their teacher’s back, making rude faces at the Queen, etc. This is a great activity for my URA approach, because the responses don’t necessarily need the more complex grammar so they can respond to it and then think about why that language was in the questions in the next stage.
More Past Continuous activities via the category below and on this page here.
13 more TEFLtastic classics via the tag of that name below.