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(For those not living in Japan Jan-ken is the old paper scissors rock game.)
This game involves the whole class speaking at one time and can be modified for different grammar and nouns. For sake of ease I will describe "Can you...?" and animals. This game is for lower levels but have found that even higher adult students enjoy it as simply a game or as a review.

What you need:
*About 12 different animals printed on large cards
*A set of those same animals on small cards printed, shuffled and enough to give each student 3 of them. (So if you have 36 students you need to have 3 sets on small cards. No, wait better make that 4 sets if you want to keep the cards cause invariably some little snot will draw on it/tear it/fold it into little pieces.)

For low levels: Teach or review them the animals and stick the big pictures on the board. If need be teach or review I can/can't.... along with the animal action verbs jump, fly, swim, run (fast) etc. As a warm up use 3 sentences to describe one of the animals. e.g If you have a picture of an flying fish, "I can swim, I can fly, I can't run fast." and have the students yell out what animal you are. Do this a couple of times if you want to use up some time! Next choose an animal and get them to ask 3 questions using Can you...? for them to guess which one. Once you are sure the students have got it you can start the game. High levels probably wouldn't need more than an explanation of the game obviously.

Give each student 3 of the cards, (don't let them show their friends what they are!). On your word the students get up and find a partner. The pair play jan-ken. The loser chooses one of their cards and the winner may ask 3 question about that card using can you...?. After asking the 3 questions the winner may guess which animal the loser has. If he guesses correctly, the loser must hand over that card. If he guesses incorrectly he doesn't get squat. Once that exchange is over they make new pairs and play again. The aim is to collect as many cards as you can before the teacher yells stop or time is up. It's useful to have extra cards in case a student loses all their cards too quickly and you want to give them a chance to get back in the game.

I have also used this game for the construction 'Would you like something to eat/drink?' The loser asks that question and the winner says 'I would like some....' from the list. If the winner has that card they say 'here you are' if not they say something along the lines of 'I'm sorry' or 'We're sold out'. I'm sure you can think of plenty more uses.


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