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This game is inspired by a French TV programme called "Droles de Filles" (hence my title). It's best used at the beginning of term as a way of getting to know your students, and vice versa, and them learning curious facts about each other. If they are all close friends, it's a little more challenging.

I can't imagine this working well in a big group - the largest number I've played it with was 13.

Before you start this game you need to prepare a list of about 10 sentences about yourself and your family, some of which are true and some false. Try to find sentences which are difficult for the students to guess the answers to.

How to play :
Firstly get the class to divide into 3 teams (max 4 people?). Of course they can have fun choosing a silly name... and write up the 3 team names on the board. Now read out one of your true/false sentences. Each team has to decide whether it is for real or not; it is best to appoint a team captain who will give the team's answer. (Of course it helps if you've had some strange experiences in life. Few of my students believed an Englishman like myself had worked on an ostrich farm).

Read out the remaining sentences, jumbling up the true and false. Teams score a point for each correct answer. At the end they've discovered some interesting things about you!

Now it is their turn : each student writes a list of say 5 or 6 sentences about him/herself, again a mixture of true and false. (If they really know each other well, it will be limited to sentences such as "last night I ate chicken curry for dinner" - the others would find it pretty difficult to guess!)

Once they've finished writing, the first person in team one (T1) reads out a statement, and the other two teams guess if it is true or false. There are two points available : if teams 2 and 3 both guess correctly, they get 1 point each. If T2 guesses correctly but not T3, then T1 and T2 get a point each. And of course if no-one guesses correctly, T1 wins 2 points.

The game continues in this way : the first person from T2 reads a statement, the other teams guess if it's true or not, then the first person from T3, then back to T1 and a different person from that group.

I reckon the interest lasts about 35-40 minutes. Maybe more if they're slow in writing statements.

Have fun!


Glyn Hackett
glynhackett@hotmail.com
Teaching in Dijon, France

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