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:
- Students compete against each other, 1 on 1.
- They sit facing each other with nothing between them but a fork.
- The teacher reads a statement in the Target Language.
- If the statement is true, the students grab the fork. The first student to grab it, earns a point.
- 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.
- 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.