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Trivia for Questions

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Trivia for Sentences


Dan Jaspersen


SKILLS: Listening and Speaking
TIME: Entire class or half class
MATERIALS: Questions for trivia. The questions can be ranged from all sorts of different subjects
OBJECTIVES: To have the students use a complete sentence with proper grammar




1. Divide the class into groups (lunch groups usually works well), and have them decide the order which they will play in.


2. Play is relatively simple. Have one student from each group stand, you ask a question and the first group to answer gets points. Keep track of the points to determine the winner at the end of class. Here’s the catch for getting the correct answer: the information needs to be correct, and the answer needs to be spoken in a correct complete sentence. This rule makes the game difficult for many of the students, but it’s very good for reinforcing those old grammar points.


3. The ALT and the JTE can be the judges for correct sentences.


4. The students rotate around their groups so everyone plays.




Examples of Questions and answers:


What is 2+2? - Two plus two is four.

What is the capital of Russia? - Moscow is the capital of Russia. OR Moscow is Russia’s capital.

How many fingers are on one hand? - There are five fingers on one hand.

Where does Pooh (Pooh-san) live? - Pooh-san lives in a tree. OR Pooh-san lives in the forest.

Where is Harry Potter’s school? - Harry Potter’s school is at Hogwarts.

What is my wife’s name? - Her name is Andi. OR Your wife’s name is Andi

Who wrote Romeo and Juliet? - Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare.


The questions really can be about anything. Of course, you want to keep the language at the level of your students. I ask questions about myself, history, geography, etc. This is a time that I am very strict on grammar. I don’t take an answer that is not in a full sentence, or if the grammar is not correct. If we run into a difficult grammar point that the students should know, the JTE will spend a minute to re-teach that point.

My JTEs love this game because it strongly forces the students to use correct grammar


This is a game I have used a few times in order to review multiple grammar points. This last year I used this extensively to review with my JHS 3 classes. I have used trivia for various games (always to the excitement of my students).


My students enjoy this game a lot. It’s a chance to some of the better students to flex some of those muscles, and it’s a great chance for the group to help the lower students remember the various grammar points. I use it a lot at the end of a unit (before a big test)

You can have the students write the answers. That is a much easier way to play.

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