Name: Guess Who
Level: 1-2
number of students: Any
organization: Pairs or Small Groups
Length: 10 - 20
Materials / Preparation: 3 copies of the picture chart per group

Get and print these pdf files: Faces Chart and Sentence Chart
Note on the Faces picture chart: I haven't printed any names on them, So you might like to have the class create names to identify the people.

Print and display on the overhead or a large poster the Sentence Chart. You might also like to warm the students up with some listening (see below). As with any speaking activity, it pays to give attention to pronunciation beforehand.

  1. Make pairs or small groups.
  2. Give each group 3 copies of the Faces print.
  3. Groups cut one of the prints into cards. They keep the other prints for reference.
  4. Groups make two teams.
  5. Each team takes a face card (don't show the face to your opponents.)
  6. Teams take turns asking "Yes/No" questions to their opponents.
  7. The object of the game is to determine which picture your opponent has.
  8. When the identity of one of the cards has been discovered, shuffle the cards and play again.

Optional Listening Warmup:
Here are two Easy Listening activities "Describing" and "Find the Mistake":
Display or pass out the Faces picture chart. Read these sentences and let students try to guess who you are describing.

  1. (Third row, second from right)
    Haec cyanea vestimenta gerit.
    Subalbam cutem habet.
    Petasum gerit.
  2. (Third row, fourth from right)
    Hic est vir.
    Is oculos magnos habet, sed nasus ejus non est magnus.
    In facie capillos gerit.
    Nihil subii sed barbam canam habet.
  3. (Bottom row, second from right)
    Hic est vir.
    Capilli ejus sunt nigri.
    Vestimenta sunt cyanea.
    Non spectacula, sed petasum gerit.
  4. (First row, fourth from right)
    Femina est.
    Vestimenta ejus sunt citrea.
    Ea non est juvenis.
    Spectacula gerit.
  5. (Forth row, third from right)
    Hic est senex.
    Nasum magnum habet.
    Nihil capillorum non habet, sed inopiam capillorum habet.
    Capilli ejus sunt cani.
  6. (Bottom row, fourth from right)
    Hic est vir.
    Oculos magnos habet.
    Rufa vestimenta gerit.
    Nihil capillorum habet.
  7. (First row, second from right)
    Hic est vir qui cyanea vestimenta gerit.
    Is capillos nigros habet.
    Capilli ejus sunt breves.
    Aures magnas habet.
    Spectacula non gerit.

Find the Mistake:
Point to a picture and say a sentence about the person. Deliberately make a mistake (factual, not grammatical). Students listen for the mistake and respond.

  1. (Second row, first)
    Haec femina est senex. (Non est senex)
    Breves capillos habet. (Non sunt breves - Longi sunt.)
    Capilli ejus sunt recti. (Non sunt recti - Crispi sunt.)
    Vestimenta ejus sunt citrea.(Non sunt citrea - cyanea sunt.)
  2. (Fifth row, first)
    Femina est.
    Capillos rectos habet.
    Oculi ejus sunt parvi.
    Vestimenta ejus sunt atra.
  3. (First row, first)
    Oculi ejus sunt parvi.
    Inopiam capillorum habet.
    Petasum in capite gerit.

For homework, ask students to clip out pictures from magazines and write descriptions (These can later be used for matching games)

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