Our students have a lot of opportunities to answer questions. Yet, the real life consists of both – answers and questions. Asking questions in an authentic context is heavily underrepresented in a traditional language course curriculum. I was wondering how to introduce asking questions in a way which is natural and encourages students to practise this skill. I came across the game “Guess who?” which turned out to be a perfect choice for this kind of activities.
How does it work?
- Every person or every group gets one set of cards with characters and one gameboard.
- Each player or team chooses one mystery character which the opponent has to guess.
- The goal of the game is to guess the mystery character of the opponent by asking one question per turn. Only Yes/No questions are allowed. Questions referring to the appearance of the characters help you eliminate people who don’t fit the profile. Questions “Are you a man/women?” are forbidden.
- The player who guesses the mystery character correctly wins the game. A wrong guess means you lose the game!
If you teach German, this game is a perfect opportunity to practise Akkusativ as well as adjectives and indefinite articles. Just give it a try! 🙂