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ESL Games: Learning English with ESL games: The When was the last time you,,,, esl game.

 

This activity is a modification of a few different activities. This is a game for students to practice making “When was the last time you…” questions, responding to them and asking follow-up questions. Divide students into groups of 4-10. Print out some play money and distribute it equally to each student. There are many places on the web you can find some play money, but to save you a little time looking, you can go to http://www.canada-esl.com/eslplaymoney.pdf. Cut out and shuffle the “Tell the Truth” or “Tell a Lie” cards at the end of this page and place them in one pile at the center of the table. Model “When was the last time you” + simple past for your students, as well as ways to respond to “When was the last time you” questions. *(PDF Version of this game is here - http://canada-esl.com/lessonsmain/whenwasthelasttimeyou.pdf )

Ex. When was the last time you ate a hot dog?

Possible answers. You may want to write these on the white board so students can refer to them during the activity

  • Yesterday Two hours ago
  • Two days ago Last week
  • Three weeks ago Last month
  • Last October
  • Four months ago Last year
  • Five years ago
  • At lunchtime During my vacation Some time in August
  • At dinner Some time during my vacation
  • At recess
  • At the meeting

You may want to give students the sheet at the end of this lesson with some examples of ‘When was the last time’ questions with verbs in the simple present. Remind students that they will have to change the simple present to the simple past. The first student starts and asks anyone else in his/her group a “When was the last time you…” question. The student who is asked the question should draw a card from the pile of “Tell the Truth” or “Tell a Lie” cards and answer according to the directions on the card. The rest of the students are allowed to ask 3 more follow-up questions to try and determine of the person answering is telling the truth or lying. Then all of the students, except for the student who answered, bet on whether the student is telling the truth or lying. It is the student answering the question that must pay the bets. It’s a good idea to set a maximum bet, so one student doesn’t go completely bankrupt on one question.

Example: In a group of six students (made up of Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel and Ross) Ross starts and decides to ask Monica, “When was the last time you kissed a man”. Monica, who has never kissed a man, draws a “Tell a Lie” card and answers, “Last Friday.” Since three follow-up questions are allowed, Joey begins and asks “Where?” Monica replies, “In the Park”. Phoebe then asks Monica, “Who was it?” Monica replies, “Brad Pitt.” Rachel then blurts out, “Was it a good kiss?” Monica replies, “The best.” Chandler then asks, “What did you do after that?” Ross steps in and says, “Three questions are up. It’s time to bet.”

  • Ross: “3 dollars it’s a lie”
  • Phoebe: “2 dollars. Truth”
  • Chandler : “uh…a buck, lie”
  • Joey: “2 dollars she’s lying”
  • Rachel: “3 dollars says she’s telling the truth”

Monica then shows her “Tell a Lie” card. She collects Phoebe’s and Rachel’s money, since they were wrong, but has to pay Ross 3 dollars, Joey 2 dollars and Chandler a dollar. Overall, she lost one dollar. Play proceeds for a set-time period. This activity can also be used to practice “Have you ever” or “Did you ever…”

Student handout

When was the last time you…(past)

When was the last time you saw a movie?

Possible Answers

  • Yesterday Two hours ago
  • Two days ago Last week
  • Three weeks ago Last month
  • Last October
  • Four months ago Last year
  • Five years ago
  • At lunchtime During my vacation Some time in August
  • At dinner Some time during my vacation
  • At recess
  • At the meeting

Some sample questions (you will have to change the verb and add prepositions)

  • sing/in public think/out loud
  • find/money be/hangover
  • get drunk/party be/hang out to dry
  • tell/gossip stick/with the bill
  • shake hands/someone famous strike/a baseball
  • meet/someone famous swing/someone
  • made up/after an argument begin/book/never finish
  • lead/an expedition drink/Yak’s milk
  • pay/someone else’s dinner ring/a church bell
  • say/something you regret run/students’ council
  • sell/a car come home/past your curfew
  • shoot/a goal go/Europe
  • sit in a waiting room/more than 3 hours beat up/someone at school
  • stand in line/more than 3 hours blow up/at a friend
  • tell/a secret to a friend decide/to break up with someone
  • win/the lottery choose/a team
  • build/a model draw/a cartoon
  • burn/yourself drive/for more than 8 hours
  • feel/an earthquake eat/Yak
  • keep/diary fall/more than 10 feet
  • break/promise fly/to Hong Kong
  • leave a class/early forget to do something important
  • lose/something valuable get/ripped off
  • oversleep give/as well as you got
  • sleep in grow/your own vegetables
  • spend/more than 1,000 dollars at once hide/from someone
  • be/ Paris know/a politician
  • bring a pet/school lie down on a straw bed
  • buy/anything expensive see/the sunrise
  • catch/a fish show someone around your town
  • fight/a cause steal/gum
  • seek/someone in the want ads take/a computer course
  • teach/anything throw/a party

 


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