Level: minimum intermediate speaker, no maximum
Recall relevant vocabulary. Make small-talk. Talk around topics. Withhold sensitive information.
(The timer, point-system, competitive components of the game are optional; students often enjoy the workings of the game so much that they don't need the added element of competition.)
- Pair off the students. Mix up the native languages.
- Use a fair and random method for determining the order of play, pairs as teams.
- Use a timer or watch the clock. Pair A gets a minute to plan their secret topic of conversation. Pair A write their topic word on a slip of paper for the teacher to keep.
- Pair A moves to the front of the room so that all other pairs may hear and see them. Pair A conducts their conversation without revealing the topic.
- As soon as any other class member has an idea of the topic, he or she joins in on the conversation, also taking care not to reveal the topic.
- The teacher listens carefully and immediately identifies anyone who reveals the secret topic word. This player could receive a demerit. All the conversing players could receive a point. A new round must begin should this revelation occur.
- The process otherwise continues for a total of five minutes or other effective time limit deemed by the teacher.
- At the end of the time limit, the original pair identifies all other class members who seemed to "know" what they were talking about. These class members earn a point.
- The game continues until each pair has had a turn to initiate a secret conversation.