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This game has nothing whatsoever to do with learning English, though there's a little English practice involved and it's great fun and breaks up the monotony in the classroom. Move the trash can to the center of the blackboard and back it up against the wall so that the wall is the backboard. Have everyone in the class (including yourself) crumple a piece of paper into a ball. Then have 3 or 4 people at a time stand back a ways and take turns shooting. If everyone misses, you keep going. When someone makes it, the others have to make their next one too, or they will all be punished together. It's best if the teacher participates in the first round. The class especially loves it if the teacher must be punished. Let the class decide the punishment. You may have to give them a few ideas though to get them on the right track. Some examples of punishments I've used are "walk up and down the classroom like a model walking a runway....don't forget to pose!!!", "get the attention of the class across the hall and blow kisses to them", "sing a song, or dance in front of the class", or the extremely daring "go into the class across the hall and shout 'I love you'". I have used this game in almost every class I've taught in China for the last 1 1/2 years, and it always goes over well, providing you wait a few weeks after the class begins before using it so the students feel comfortable with each other.

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