Wooden Spoon Speculations

Copyright © 2014 Emma Gore-Lloyd

Copyright © 2014 Emma Gore-Lloyd

I found this game on a party games website sometime a couple of years ago. It’s a guessing game that works well in a class of students who are fairly comfortable with each other and have a good sense of humour.  Students can use it to practise speculative language.

Equipment needed: 2 wooden spoons; one scarf/blindfold

First, elicit speculative language from the students, eg. It could be, it might be, as far as I can tell, it seems like, etc. Board the phrases. Ask everyone to memorise three.

Next, ask for or choose a volunteer (probably best to choose one of the most outgoing students here). Blindfold them and spin them round a couple of times. Now ask for another volunteer to silently nominate themselves (again, it’s good if it’s an outgoing student the first time). The second volunteer stands up quietly and faces the first.

Give the blindfolded student the two wooden spoons, one in each hand. Explain that there is someone standing in front of them and that they are going to guess who it is using only the spoons. No person-to-person contact is allowed! They have to use their three speculative phrases up before they can make their final guess.  Guide them towards the second volunteer and let them begin! Remind the students that any noises they make can give away their locations and give the guesser clues.

Once they’ve made their guess, they can take off the blindfold and see if they were right.

Replay the game with the second volunteer as the blindfolded player and choose another student to be guessed, until they’ve all had a go (or at least all the ones that are up for it).

I played this with my fairly shy group of teenage FCE students and they played it enthusiastically. If you don’t think this would be appropriate for your class, try giving them a random object to guess instead of a fellow student.

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5 comments

  1. Not for every group indeed. But could be a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

  2. crazyguyinthailand · · Reply

    Cool!

    1. Thanks, crazy.

  3. Latin Dancer · · Reply

    What is the purpose of this activity?

    1. Hello Latin Dancer
      It’s to practise speculative language, which students need to use at FCE level and above.

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