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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Green card/Citizenship

Laguage: Questions in present, past and future
Level: lower intermediate and upper
Materials: A sheet of paper per group of students
Possible special occasion: Saint Valentine
Ask students what a person can do to obtain citizenship. Prompt students to say word “MARRIAGE”.

1. Make groups of 4 or 5 students. Two people are going to be married and the other 2 or 3 are policemen that need to make sure the students got married for love and not for papers.

2. The married couples need to leave the classroom and agree on normal aspects of their everyday life (where/when/how they met, colour of toothbrush, likes and dislikes, pets, birthdays, honeymoon, which side of the bed they sleep in…)

3. The policemen need to think of 10 questions to ask to  the couple

4. The teacher needs to go out and help couples to orientate their answers if the policemen’ questions are very different from what the couples are preparing. Just stick the head out and say (have you thought about your animals or the names of your in-laws)

5. The teacher needs to help the policemen to understand the aim of the game. Some questions need to be different for each of the member of the couple, others can be the same:

e.g. “What is the name of your mother?” should be rephrased for the other member of the couple as “What is the name of your mother-in-law?” whereas “Where do you live?” is valid for both members of the couple.

6. When questions are ready, the first member of the couple comes in and answers the questions. The policemen need to record the answers. Then the second member of the couple comes in and answers the questions. The first member of the couple can stay in and sit behind his/her/wife/husband in such a way that both members of the couples can not see each other

7. If couples get 7 or more answers right they get citizenship

By Maria Zabala inspired by the game Crack the Alibi and the film Green Card

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María Zabala Peña said...

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Anonymous said...

I really recommend this exercise. In my experience students really like playing the roles and they are enthusiastic about using their imagination. They really want to ask interesting and funny questions and therefore they have the opportunity to use all kind of sentences. It is important that the teacher helps the students that play the role of the couple with information about their life together.
Paca Roy an English teacher at Lluisa Cura School Barcelona