El Tenedor (The Fork Game)


I can’t remember where I first heard of this game.  It is typically played with a pencil and called something like the “True or False Game.”  I use plastic forks and call it “El Tenedor.”  Here’s how it is played:

  1. Students compete against each other, 1 on 1.
  2. They sit facing each other with nothing between them but a fork.
  3. The teacher reads a statement in the Target Language.
  4. If the statement is true, the students grab the fork.  The first student to grab it, earns a point.
  5. If the statement is false, they do not touch the fork.  If a student touches the fork for a false statement, his partner/opponent gets 2 points.
  6. Students keep track of their scores

Simple, right?  A bit violent and chaotic?  At times.  Certain classes may not be ready for “el tenedor.”  For the classes that can handle it, it is a great focused listening practice.

Here is my list of phrases I used as we played it today.  It gives an idea of what types of phrases work well.  Of course, the list is specific to my classes and materials we have seen recently.  You will need your own list.

El Tenedor Game 4/17/14


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10 Responses to El Tenedor (The Fork Game)

  1. Alisha says:

    What a great game/idea. I can’t wait to try it out with my students next week!

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  3. ahhhpoetry says:

    I like it, I too am looking to try it out.

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  5. Lily says:

    great idea. I too am looking to try it. It just occurred to me to add a round object, i.e. coaster or small plate. Forks represent False answer while plates represent True answer.

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  7. Cassandra Wiseman says:

    Thank you so much for all of your great ideas!! I am new to TPRS and am starting to feel a little less anxious just reading through your blog

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  10. tarafarah7 says:

    The simplicity of this game makes me smile so BIG! Thank you!! 🙂

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