This is my all time favourite game/fun activity and I think one that provides genuinely useful practice in past simple, past continuous and question formation. Your students will really love this game too.
Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour (the more students you have, the longer it takes)
Level: Pre-intermediate – Advanced
Happy students: *****
- Divide the class into pairs
- Tell them there was a murder in the school/company at 7pm the previous evening. They are all suspects in the crime.
- In pairs, they have to make an alibi together to show that they couldn’t have committed the crime.
- Give them 10 minutes to create their alibi. They should consider: where they were, what they were doing, what clothes they were wearing etc.
- Next, each pair needs to be questioned. Student A leaves the room whilst the other students question Student B. Set a 3 minute time limit for questions. After, send student B out of the room and then question Student A. The objective is to find discrepancies in their stories.
- Repeat with each pair.
- The pair with the most differences between their stories are the murderers/losers.