How well do you know your friend? (Adapting the newlywed game for WL class)

Here’s another simple game that students tend to enjoy and provides opportunities for many reps of a few target structures.   The game is played in pairs.  The object is to know as much about your partner as possible.

  1. Each student sits across from his/her partner.  It works best if you can form two lines facing each other. (See below for alternate versions in large classes)
  2. The partners in one line have a white board, marker and eraser
  3. The partners in the other line put down their heads and/or close their eyes.
  4. An image is projected.
  5. The student with the board writes what he thinks his partner’s opinion will be of the projected image.  I recently used images of food and students had to choose between how gross and how tasty.
  6. The students without the boards open their eyes and , one by one, give their opinions of the image.  If it matches with the partner’s guess, the pair gets a point.
  7. Play continues for several images and then the board is switched to the other partner who now must do the guessing.
  8. The pair with the most points at the end wins.

Notes/alternate versions

  • There are many possible variations on the content used.  Opinions work great.  You can also use random questions.  (What is your partner’s age?  Mom’s name?  Date of birth? Favorite Ninja Turtle? Lunch mod? Class after this one? . . . etc.)
  • For larger classes, an entire row or section of class can try to guess the responses of one group member.  Each person scores individually.

I need a good name for this game.  Any ideas?

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6 Responses to How well do you know your friend? (Adapting the newlywed game for WL class)

  1. senorab72 says:

    Nice activity! Helen Curtain has something similar in the form of a partner activity on her website.

  2. Martina Bex says:

    ¡El telépata! The mind reader!

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  6. Jane says:

    Now that it’s the end of the school year, I’m already thinking of next year. I love this game idea for an opening week activity with a new Spanish 4 class I’m teaching next year – a great way for students to get to know each other and it’s a fun way to transition back into Spanish class again. Another title option: ¿Pensamos igual? (that’s what I use for a partner vocab game where I put a picture up on screen with a number in parenthesis (usually 2, 3 or 4) which indicates how many words each partner is allowed to write down that they associate with the image. Their goal is to ‘think like their partner’ and they get a point for each word that’s the same.

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