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Who is stronger

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Who is Stronger?


Michelle Foley


SKILLS: Listening, speaking
TIME: 20 minutes
MATERIALS: Game cards, worksheet
OBJECTIVES: Practice comparative grammar point, get students out of their seats and active in English class, make a boring grammar point fun




1. Make the game cards. I chose six different characters, and assigned them each a strength as indicated by stars on the back of the card; the strongest character had six stars, while the weakest character had one star. I used characters that the students knew – Snoopy, Superman, Godzilla and Anpanman. Among the characters used were my JTE and myself; the students were extremely amused that Snoopy was stronger than both of us. Be sure to make your JTE stronger than you! I bought plastic covers from the dollar store for the cards to protect them, as the students tend to be a bit rough with the cards.


2. Make a worksheet with a model dialogue for the students to follow. Explain that there are two ways to express strength – i.e. so-and-so is stronger than so-and-so, OR so-and-so is weaker than so-and-so. Put both of these examples at the top of the worksheet. At the bottom of the worksheet, make a space for student signatures. During the game, once they have completed the dialogue, they sign their partner’s sheet. Make room for about 10 students’ signatures.


3. Play! Hand each student one card. They walk around the room freely, interacting with whomever they choose. It’s important to explain that they should find someone with a different card than theirs. The students janken to determine who has to make the sentence; the loser states the comparison between his card and his partner’s card. After the comparison has been made, the student who made the sentence has his partner sign his sheet. Only the person who makes the sentence receives a signature. The students exchange cards, and continue on with a new partner. The first student to obtain ten signatures is the winner.




To modify this, my JTE and I would pre-select a card as a “Bonus Winner” at the end of the game. For example, we would agree that whoever had Snoopy at the end of the game, regardless of how many signatures they had on their worksheet, would also be winners. My JTE has a point system with all her students, and these winners would receive points toward the year-long contest. It’s important, however, to keep this selection a secret until the end. We made the mistake of stating the card to begin with (once); the students with that card essentially didn’t play the game so they were able to retain that card until the end.

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