The Telephone Game
There are many phrases and idioms used when talking on the telephone. I printed up a series of 60 idioms such as "Please hold and I will ring Mr. Smith's office", and "I'm sorry, but Ms. Jones is not in her office right now. Would you like to leave a message?" on blank business cards. The activity goes like this. The students are grouped into pairs. Each student gets 5 cards (more or less, depending on the size of the class and the number of cards you printed). In turn, they turn over the top card and have to initiate a telephone conversation with their partner, somehow and somewhere working in the idiom / phrase on their card. The partner does not see the phrase. This means they have to think of a situation, and steer the conversation in such a way as to be able to slip in the idiom / phrase. The first team to use up all their cards is the winner.
This is a lively activity that is suitable for an advanced class. You will have already introduced telephone idioms and they will have done some conversation practice before playing the game.
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