Lesson 22 – Interruptions

Warm up

  1. to interrupt/an interruption. Ask what it means. If nobody knows, elicit the meaning by asking questions, and interrupting before they finish.
  2. Tell them they are going to play a game called Interruptions. Demonstrate: tell them you are going to tell a story and they must ask lots of questions to stop you from finishing your story.
  3. Tell a story; you could use a card from the photocopy. If they are not asking questions, pause and elicit possible questions. If they are slow to get going, tell another story to give more practice.

Main Activity

  1. Put students in groups of four.
  2. Tell them to look at the set of cards
  3. The rules:
    – When you say Go, one person must talk for two minutes about the subject on the card. The others must ask questions to stop them finishing. With strong classes, you can make it three minutes.
    – If the speaker finishes the story, or if the group run out of questions before two minutes, then the speaker wins.
    – If the speaker has not finished after two minutes, or if the group are still asking questions, then the speaker loses.
    If the speaker wins, they keep the card; if not, they put it on the bottom of the pile.
    – The winner is the person with the most cards at the end.
  4.  Decide who starts. They take a card. Check they understand it and they are ready to start.
  5. Looking at your watch, say Go and start timing. When the time is up shout Stop. You may need to referee, to decide if the questions are still relevant to the story, and to decide if the speaker has won or lost.
  6. The player on the left of the speaker chooses another card, and the process is repeated. You can stop the activity before all the cards are gone.
Where did you go and what did you do on your last holiday?What happened on your first day of school?
Tell everyone the story of the last film you saw.Tell everyone the story of the last book you read.
Tell everyone the story of your favorite film.Tell everyone the story of your favorite book.
What was the happiest day of your life? What happened and what did you do?
What is the most interesting place you have ever been to and what did you do there?
What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?Who is your favorite person in history and what did they do?
What is the most interesting experience you have ever had?
What is the strangest thing you have ever seen?

Follow up

  • Ask the winners to come to the front. Tell everyone they are going to find the champion.
  • Each winner takes a card. If they have had the card already, they take a different one. With small classes, they may have seen all the cards so you may need to think of other things for them to talk about.

    They take turns speaking to the class, and the whole class interrupts. If it becomes too chaotic you could ask them to put up their hands and you choose questioners.

  • Those who finish take another card and repeat the process until only one student remains.
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