Phonics personalised yes no questions random pelmanism

Instructions for teachers

Cut up one pack of cards per class or per group of two to four students. Make sure that the cards can’t be seen through the back by making pale photocopies, copying on thick paper and/ or playing on a dark surface such as a dark brown table. Discard any cards which are too difficult for your students. Ask students to spread the cards face down across the table. One student turns over two cards and makes two Yes/ No questions, each including a word words including one of the two phonics which they turned over. For example, if they turned over “ch” and “s”, they can ask “Do you like cheese?” and “Do you have a sister?” If they receive the same answer to both questions (in this case two “Yes, I do” answers or two “No, I don’t” answers), they can keep the two cards. Other suitable questions include:

  • “Can you…?”
  • “Do you have…?”/ “Have you got…?”
  • “Do you want (to)…?”
  • “Is there… in your…?”
  • “Are there… in your…?”
  • “Have you ever…?”
  • “Did you… (yesterday)?”

and the same for other subjects like “your mother”.

If they get different answers for the two questions (e.g. “Yes, I can” and “No, I can’t” or “Yes, she does” and “Yes, he can”), they have to put the cards back face down in the same places and play passes to the next person. The person with most cards at the end of the game wins.


Cards to cut up

a b c d e
f g h i j
k l m n o
p q r s t
u v w y z
sh ch th th ng
oo ee ck ph qu


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Related pages

Phonics page

Yes/ no questions page

Random pelmanism (TEFLtastic classics Part 18)