Grammatical Chairs

Very nice warmer for the class after looking at some grammar point – your past simples, your present perfects and the like. Probably safest to keep this one for your younger/competitive students, although I’ve had 60 year olds aggressively defending their chairs.

Time: 5 – 20 minutes

Preparation: Zero! However, you need a room big enough to make a circle of chairs

Level: Elementary- Advanced

Happy students: ****


  1. Create a circle of chairs in the middle of the room. You need one less chair than your number of students. Make sure you leave a circle of at least 2 metres diameter in the centre.
  2. Students sit in their chairs. The one extra student stands in the middle of the circle.
  3. The student in the middle has to make a sentence using the target grammar. For example, I went to the park on Sunday
  4. All the students who ‘went to the park’ have to change chairs. The ones who didn’t, stay sat down
  5. You’ll be left with a new student in the middle who then makes a new sentence.

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