Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Looking for a random game to play to fill a lesson? Not really new or improved, but why don't you try:


I play this with my students both to revise specific grammar and as a general game. Here's the link to the basic Murder Wink powerpoint which is in a format compatible with earlier versions, and also the Microsoft Office 2007 version I used with my 2nd graders (year 8) to revise textbook material which also has the explanation for another revision activity and the end of a Speaking Activity on giving explanations that I had to cob in. Just some guidelines to playing it: before you start, make sure that all of your students can actually wink. It's best to go around and check this one by one. Also, I try to choose an odd number of murderers, as murderers can also kill each other and you never know. Third, make sure the kids understand that only the murderers can kill people, not everyone (you should also choose them before you start and keep track of who they are). Last, although this game works with Beginner - Intermediate ok as well as higher level classes, in my experience it doesn't work with a boys/girls mixed class because none of them will want to talk to the other gender if they have a choice about it. The explanation will take between 20 - 35 minutes to give and check understanding, but it should only take about 7 minutes for the first group of students to get to the top level. If they get there faster they are obviously cheating (you should also make sure they understand that when you lose the rock-scissors-paper game you go DOWN a level, you don't just stay where you are). Anyway, hope it helps! My kids love it, but it does get a bit noisy, so be prepared to stand back and let chaos erupt. Good luck :)

Also, because this wouldn't be my blog without some sort of story about one of my kids, a few anecdotes to see you off. So I was discussing dol parties with my first grade boys (Year 7). A dol party is a baby's first birthday party where they choose from an array of objects which supposedly predicts the baby's future profession. This is traditionally rice (= rich, will always have food to eat), money (= rich), a pencil/brush (= smart/a great scholar), etc, but these days can also include more modern items such as a computer mouse (= computer expert), a mike (= famous singer), a judge's gavel, etc. So when I asked them to tell me what they had chosen at theirs, it was feasible that there were going to be some unusual objects. However, when one of them told me that they chose a gun, meaning that he will be a policeman, and another told me that he chose a knife, meaning that he will be a gangpae (gangster) I wasn't entirely convinced that these would be included. Later, I was practicing "going to ~" with my 2nd grade boys (Year 8) and showed them a picture of a baby in a doctor's coat. Because I'd told them that "going to" didn't mean absolutely certain, I asked them what he might be if he didn't become a doctor. Answers included: "a boy", "an adult", "a woman", "gay", "old" and "fat". But the best answer? "Homeless." ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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