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This is a useful activity to promote listening and real language use - and fun. It's useful for days when numbers are down at end of term etc but you want to encourage the students with something fun/educational/language based. I've used this with basic English language classes and academic pre-uni classes.

You need: - several sets of questions and answers
- lots of prizes (eg lollies)
- Paper and thick pens (textas)

Set up students as follows:
9 students out front facing audience in 3 rows of 3
-- Back 3 are "contestants"
-- 3 in front of them are "buzzers"
--3 in front of them are "scoreboards"

Contestants place their hands just over the heads of their respective buzzer, ready to press down when they know the answer. Buzzers only make sound when pressed. Scoreboards keep score for their respective contestants. I use general knowledge questions appropriate to the group, interspersed with silly questions like "Name one of your teachers" and "What is.... your name?"

Procedure and rules:
Each contestant sits with hands crossed and poised over the head of his buzzer. Have a practice of each buzzer's individual sound. (Beep or
variations) Scoreboards chalk up 10 to start each round of questions. Have 2 students in the audience to act as adj udicators - competition can be fierce!
- Read question
- First buzzer to sound, contestant gives answer
- If correct add 10. If not, subtract 10
- The only ones who can answer are the contestants, who must press their buzzer. If a buzzer gets over-excited and beeps because he knows the answer, his contestant must try to answer and be rewarded or penalised accordingly. Great hilarity is caused by " faulty buzzers".
- 10 questions per set of contestants is a good round. Winners at end get a lolly prize (Contestant, buzzer and scoreboard)

Change contestants and buzzers around at end of each round so everyone gets a chance to do all roles. If not many students, can eliminate scoreboards and have an audience member keep all scores. Can use questions based on text being studied, etc (of course!). You could get students to make up questions and answers first, and have student questioners - good for grammar of question formation and intonation development.

Try it and let me know how it goes!

Name: Kaye Chenoweth
Email: [email protected]
Location: Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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