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Thanks to Louise in Taipei, Taiwan for posting her version on Dave's ESL cafe.
See Louise's version here

My idea differs from Louise's version in several ways
I have a set of magnetized cards that I set up on the board.
In her version all the teams except the one who gets the "T" loose all thier cards. In my case the team that gets it looses their cards, but it doesn't really matter.
My set has also minus numbers, three or four of which are Typhoons cards. This means that the team can choose to take it as a -5 or loose all their cards. This can be a good thing if they have accumulated many minus cards.
But the most significan point is THIS! Instead of choosing a letter from the top and a number from the side, I assign vocabulary so the students have to make a question to get a point.

For example
write these on the left side:
Sue & Kim
You & Sam

On the top write:

Go to this URL to see an example:

So for students to get points they have to make a question like, "Does Tom likes dogs?" to get the points on the square in the upper left hand corner. I usually answer in the negative if it's a minus number and positive with positive numbers.

I will often use this as a substitution exercise in a particular grammar target or force intermediate classes to different phrases each turn.

At first I have students take turns asking me, but like to have pairs take turns asking each other for a more student centered activity. In this case the one being asked must run upto the board, get the card and run back to her place and answer. If they get a Typhoon card and opt to loose all their cards instead of taking a big minus card, you can have them put thier cards back on the board. You shoud either not return the Typhoon card OR set a timer to deturmine when the game will end, otherwise it will keep on going indefinately.

Hope your students enjoy this as much as ours have. Please send me a message at [email protected] if you have any additional ideas.


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