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Friday, January 13, 2006

Lesson Plans: About.com

by AJ

About.com has a quick and easy one-stop-shop for TESOL lesson plans. In a hurry? Need a game or activity for class. Check out their extensive collection of lesson plans at: http://esl.about.com/od/englishlessonplans/

Yesterday I used one of their lesson plans called "The Guilt Game" and it was fantastic. Here's how the game works:

First you set up a situation.... There has been a crime. I told my students the following story, "Yesterday our school director found a bomb in his office. He was out of his office between 1:00 and 1:30 pm... so we suspect the bomb was planted at that time. We also believe this was the work of two people. In fact, we suspect that two students in this class did it".

Next, explain the world "alibi". Tell students they must work in pairs to create an alibi... where they were and what they were doing (together in pairs) yesterday between 1 and 1:30. The students should be creative and have fun with their alibi story... and should think of as many details as possible.

Once the student pairs have created their alibis.... they are questioned. One member of the pair leaves the room. The other students then interrogate the remaining student of the pair.... asking detailed questions about their alibi. When finished, this student leaves and his/her partner comes into the room. Students then question this partner... trying to uncover inconsistencies between the pair's stories.

My students had a great time with this.... they asked lots of detailed questions... while the "suspect" had to remember details or create them on the spot. It was good practice for using questions and the past tense in a natural and fluid way. And it was fun.

At the end of the activity, the students vote and decide "who did it" (ie. which pair had the most differences between their stories) (The students finger me!)