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Guess Who

by Pragati Sharma | 13 Sep 2016
Resource Description: This is a simple yet very impactful board game which can be used to actively involve the learner and energize the learnig environment. The game is called - GUESS WHO .Its a mystery face guessing game with pictures of 24 very different looking people. The aim of the game is to guess the person which the opponent has selected. This is to be done by asking questions (both close ended and open ended). The game can be customised as per the age group of the learners.
Audience: Adult, Elementary, Secondary
Audience Language Proficiency: Beginner
Duration: 20-25 minutes
Materials and Technology: The board game 'Guess Who' (by funskool in INdia-where I teach presently)
Objective(s): The objective is to be able to 'Describe facial appearances'. 
Outcome(s): By the end of this activity the learner can confidently and independently describe as well as ask questions regarding the looks and general appearance of a person (a friend or a colleague)
Activity Description:

This activity is to be used as part of a lesson plan whereby the learner is required to talk about or ask questions about other people (maybe friends ,aquaintances or co-workers)

Always start out by briefly introducing the game and then cross checking the understanding of the plan of action via ICQs (instruction check questions). I tell the learners 'We'll be playing a game called GUESS WHO. What do you think you'll be required to do in this boardgame". Brainstorming a lot of ideas is a great ice breaker and a quick way to get the beginner level students to talk. I then steer the conversation towards the rules of the game . This includes setting up 2 groups , the timer , number of questions per group.

With each set of students the experience has been unique but always a lot of fun!

I always demonstrate a complete round and this makes the activity very clear to the students. The kind of questions required to be asked are - Is the person wearing a hat? , Does the person have a beard? , Is the person smiling? , Does the person have long curly hair ?

Ensure to check with them (via ICQs) if they've understood the flow of the activitiy.

Its a good idea to then step back and only observe while the students play the game. I jot down any major errors and focus only on fluency during this time. Incase of a single student, the teacher has to play the game and be involved.

Once the activity is complete , I always give feedback but only after the learenrs have assessed self and the peers.