You know that game where somebody has three cups and they put a little ball under one and then move them around, and your job is to keep you eye on the one with the ball, and say where it is? Well, Who’s Got What game is sort of like that – only it is for practicing listening skills in a fun and exciting way.
Students work in groups of four. Put the following 4 objects on a table or chair: I’ve used common objects: a coin, a book, a pen, a ball.
Each student will represent a number, 1-4. Students will hear instructions.
For example, “Number 2, pick up the book.” “Number 1, hand the coin to Number 4.” “Number 3, don’t pass the pen to Number 1.” The directions on the audio speed up as it plays. The object is for students to follow the directions perfectly. At the end of the audio, we see who’s got what. If something doesn’t work out, let the students start again from the beginning.
You need 4 players. It’s difficult with fewer. But if you have five per group, that fifth person can be a monitor.
Easy Level, Game 1
Even beginning students can follow the instructions with some pre-listening help. The verbs used: get, give, hand, pass, pick up, take.
Advanced Level, Game 1
There is more variety in the instructions here, and they come fast. Verbs used: get, get rid of, give, hand, pass, pick up, put down, take, trade.
Yeah. You can practice your listening skills on your own. In this case you do all the actions. Create four squares, by using, for instance, four pieces of paper. Number them. Now move the objects to the proper places yourself (see the picture on the left).
Key (Easy Level, Game 1): Number 1 – ball, Number 2 0 book, Number 3 – coin and pen, Number 4 – nothing
Key (Advanced Level, Game 1): Number 1 – nothing, Number 2 – ball, Number 3 – coin, Number 4 – book and pen