I made another version of the well-known Guess Who boardgame for ESL learners with characters I created using the avatar creator tool at http://avachara.com
. Sample questions and gameplaying expressions can be found on the second page of the worksheet.
There is a related Guess who boardgame that you may also want to play for the sake of variety:
The game is meant to give you an opportunity for practising speaking with your class in a fun way.
Here's how to play the Guess Who game in ESL class: Hand out one copy of the boardgame to each student. Put students in pairs and let each student choose a 'mystery person' secretly. Each student needs to guess each other's mystery person faster than their partner. It is only allowed to ask 'YES' or ‘NO’ questions (and of course, answer 'YES' or 'NO'). If something is unclear from the picture, your students can respond by saying "I can't tell" or "It's not possible to tell" (in this case, you can decide whether the student can ask another question, or if it's their partner's turn). Question by question, students narrow down the list of possible mystery persons until they feel confident enough to make a guess. Usually when one has been ruled out of the last two persons remaining.
I recommend that you hand out one transparent plastic foil along with each Guess Who boardgame. Students can place the foil over the boardgame and using an erasable magic marker cross out on it the characters that they have ruled out.
How do students figure out who cannot be their opponent's mystery person? For example, "Is your person blond?" If the answer is 'Yes', then they cross out all the characters that are not blond. If the answer is 'No', they cross out all the characters that are blond.
Encourage students to answer with auxiliary verbs, not just a simple Yes or No, e.g. "Yes, he or she is/does", "No, he or she isn't/doesn't" (using the form "he or she" until the gender of the mystery character has been revealed in order to keep this info hidden). Once the gender is revealed, they can go on using the specific gender in responses, e.g. "Yes, he is", "Yes, he does", "No, he isn't", No, he doesn't". You could also opt for forbidding questions about the mystery person's gender. This way you'll see longer games and more questions.
You can use this worksheet in your ESL/EFL classes to practise body parts, clothes, (garments and accessoriese), and asking closed (Yes/No) questions in an entertaining way. Playing this game is a proven way of getting your students engaged in speaking English.
I recommend using this ESL printable worksheet up till pre-intermediate level, as the game is focused on asking questions and giving short answers in the Present Simple tense using the auxiliary verb 'have', and the Present Continuous tense using the verb "wear".
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