Monday, March 7, 2016

Playing Pyramid to practice relative clauses

This is a fun speaking activity based on the TV game show Pyramid in which a player from the team tries to guess the name of a certain category with the help of her/his teammate(s).  

Watch Joey from Friends play the game in the video below.


This game aims to help learners practice relative clauses, so all the categories are relative clauses. Here is how you play the game.

    • First of all, download this PPT which includes 40 categories.
    • Divide your class into groups. (I think two groups would be suitable since this is more like a competition than a game.)
    • Decide which group will go first.
    • Players from each group will take turns sitting on a chair in front of the projector screen facing the class (thus not seeing what's on the screen).
    • The rest of the group will help the player on the chair to guess the category on the screen by telling her/him things related to that category. For example, if the category is "Things you can find in the fridge", the related words would be milk, eggs, meat etc.  The players giving the clues cannot use their hands or any part of the word in their clues, (for example “teach” if the word being guessed is “teacher”).
    • You can set a time limit (like 3-5 minutes depending on the level and fluency) if you have limited time. If you set a time limit, obviously, the group that gets more points at the end of the time limit wins.
    • If you don't set a time limit, you can give each group a certain number of questions (e.g. each group gets 20 questions) and the group with the most points after all the categories have been used wins. 
    You can comment below if you come up with more categories that can be added to the game.