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Just Improvise – A Quick Game

Sometimes my mind doesn’t allow me to enjoy the moment.

Last week a group of actors from a drama club visited our school and they performed with our students. They improvised in the school yard. They started with some warm ups and continued with a few short ‘games’.

While watching them, I caught my mind thinking how I could adapt them in my classes.

There were fabulous ideas and yesterday we tried one of them.

Level: intermediate and above

Time: it’s up to you and your students

Aim: to practice relative clauses, vocabulary

Preparation: none

1.Ask students to stand up and form a semi circle.
2.Tell them you will start the game saying ‘I’m the door.’
3.Then a student will come and say a sentence which is related with the door and act as the thing in the sentence. He may say ‘I’m the lock on the door.’ And pretend as if he was a lock.
4.Then a third one will come and complete the scene. He may say ‘I’m the key that opens the door.’ The first one will decide who will continue and may say ‘I want the key to stay here’.
5.Then the key repeats ‘I’m the key that opens the lock’ and the game continues until you get bored.
When playing it they will make associations, connections, they can even play with the words and choose rhyming ones.

For example the next student may say ‘I’m the flock of birds flying to the south’ after hearing the word ‘lock’

We really enjoyed the activity very much. It can be a warmer or filler. Think about dull Monday mornings or long Friday afternoons.

NB My students are teenagers aged between 15 to 17. I think this activity will be suitable for teenagers and adults.

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Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on June 1, 2010 at 1:24am
I used improvisation a lot in my regular classroom, and with my esl students in China. Once they got over their shyness about "performing", they loved it and were very much engaged. This sounds like a great activity to add to my tool box. If you google theatre sports, you'll find lots more.

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Comment by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on June 1, 2010 at 6:34am
Thanks Susan. I sometimes use drama activities as warm ups. They are good because they help the students work together as team mates.

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