Spy Game (ES/JHS)
ALT: Karen Lam
Class/Grade/Language Level: ES/JHS
Textbook and specific lesson: works well with introduction activities and asking questions
Goal: practice questions and introductions in English; get to know each other better.
Class time: 15-20 minutes
This game works well with introduction activities and asking questions. Objective: Find the spy by asking questions and introducing yourself. If you are targeted by the spy, you must fake your demise.
1) One student is chosen to be the spy (Teacher chooses and only that student and the teacher knows)
2) Students introduce themselves, ask questions and must shake hands at the end. (Nice to meet you)
3)The Spy lightly swipes their finger over the palm of their partner while shaking hands to signal that their partner is now a “Victim”.
4)The victim walks away from the spy and converses with one more student before faking their demise (falling over or going to sit down is just fine)
5) The game ends when the spy is found.
Tips: > Don’t let the students only shake hands, try to initiate conversation. Have them introduce themselves and ask questions before shaking hands.
> If this game is used in a big class, choose more than one student to be spies. At the end of the game, ask the students who they think the spies are.
> Explaining how to do the handshake may require some demonstration, squeezing their partner’s hand may also work too. (Just make sure the handshake for the Spy is subtle so students do not become suspicious.