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)
Preparation: Zero!
Level: Pre-intermediate – Advanced
Happy students: *****


  1. Divide the class into pairs
  2. Tell them there was a murder in the school/company at 7pm the previous evening. They are all suspects in the crime.
  3. In pairs, they have to make an alibi together to show that they couldn’t have committed the crime.
  4. Give them 10 minutes to create their alibi. They should consider: where they were, what they were doing, what clothes they were wearing etc.
  5. 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.
  6. Repeat with each pair.
  7. The pair with the most differences between their stories are the murderers/losers.

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