I loved this game when I was learning French at school (probably because I was really good at it) and was delighted to be able to use it in class yesterday. I know it as Pas Cap (short for Pas Capable?), and I’m sure it has a name in English but I don’t know what it is. We used it as a warmer, but it would be a great cooler or filler.
Each student in turn says a letter, with a the spelling of a particular word in mind. The aim is not to complete a word. If you do, you’re out! You can set up your friends by making it impossible for them not to finish a word. If at any point you think someone doesn’t have a word in mind you can challenge them to tell you.
Elena: D (thinking of dog)
Paula: A (thinking of dad)
Margarita: M (thinking of damage) [My students didn’t know dam, and I decided not to tell them]
Clara: A (thinking of damage)
Andres: G (thinking of damage)
Natalia: I (thinking of damaging)
Elena: N (thinking of damaging)
Paula: Arrrrgh! G! (eliminated)
Carry on until there is one victor. And then your students will probably want to play again so that they can wipe the smug grin off the winner’s face!
Thank you, Mrs Dawson, my inspiring French teacher from school! You’re also the reason there are squeaky dog toys in my classroom.