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Game: Call My Bluff

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This is a version of the classic definitions game “Call My Bluff”. Download the handout below:

Call My Bluff


Start by demonstrating the game by copying/projecting the examples from the handout onto the board. Thanks to busyteacher for the examples:

This is an opportunity for students to use language of deduction:

It could/might/may be….

It can’t be ….. because …..

It must be ….. because …..

I’m torn between …. and ….

I’m going to have a stab in the dark and say ….

By a process of elimination I’d say it’s ….

There’s no way it’s …. because …

… is too obvious.

I’m going to plump for (choose) …


Put students in pairs or threes and have them discuss the three examples and give their answers. Award points for correct answers.

Students create false definitions:

Now give each pair one of the game cards. The cards contain a rare English word and the correct definition. Students must invent two false definitions for the word and write them down. Set a time limit of 3-4 minutes for this part. Groups then read out their words and the three definitions, encourage them to be expressive and inventive in their definitions and their presentations in order to better convince their opponents. Award points for groups who guess the correct definition and points for the groups who successfully convince opponents into choosing their invented definitions.

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Call my bluff game

Game – Red Herrings / Call my bluff – you will need big English dictionaries.


Here is the handout with examples of strange English words and the correct definition, students have to invent fake definitions.!267&authkey=!AIvDEVoJg4J4mVo

Use the sheet Red Herrings to introduce the game. Choose one of the examples from the sheet and put it on the board.

There are strange words with 3 possible definitions, put SS in teams, pairs or threes depending on numbers. SS have to decide which is the correct definition, encourage them to explain why they think it is correct, they should use modal verbs of deduction:

  • It can’t be number 1 because
  • It could be number 2 because
  • It must be number 3 because

Each team gets 1 point for each correct guess.

Do 2 examples if necessary. Then you can either give the students the strange English words with the correct definition (on the handout) and they have to invent to fake ones, or you give them the dictionaries and they find strange words themselves.

Students must prepare 3 definitions (1 real, 2 fake) with a sentence example. Teacher must check definitions and sentences for accuracy before they’re used in the game, if there are mistakes it is obvious which ones have been invented.

Give SS time to write their definitions and correct them, then play the game as a class, each team reads out a word and the 3 definitions and the others must guess which one and explain their decisions. SS get 1 point for a correct guess and the team whose word it is gets 1 point for each team they tricked the others into guessing a fake definition.

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Role Play: Haggling


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This is a fun lesson based around informal negotiations.

Level A2 – C2 Language can be adapted depending on levels.


Put the verb “to haggle” on the board.

Play “call my bluff” with the word. (you give them 3 possible definitions of the word, they have to guess which is the correct one)

3 definitions could be:

1. To laugh in an evil way like a witch.

2. To negotiate the price of something.

3. To curl up into a ball because you’re cold.

Students have to guess the correct definition. Award points for correct answers.

Depending on the students level you can now show them examples of haggling:

Monty Python The Life of Brian haggling scene:

TIP: When showing youtube clips in class have them loaded up before to avoid awkward buffering moments.

Alternatively with a younger or American English class you can use this clip from The Big Bang Theory (stolen from another haggling lesson plan, thanks guys):

This clip can be mined for some useful language:

What do you want for it?

Can you do any better?

Steep = expensive

For my friends let’s say………

It’s a limited edition.

To give a discount.

We’ll take it.

My final offer.

You’re killing me here.

You throw in (something extra)

Class Discussion Questions:

(depending on class size either put students in small groups 3-4 or as a whole class)

  • Have you ever haggled?
  • If so where?
  • What did you buy?
  • Did you get a good price?
  • What strategies did you use?
  • Do people often haggle in your country?
  • What other negotiating do you do in your everyday life?

Haggling Role-plays.

Tell the students that they are now going to role-play some haggling situations. Before you start you can go over some vocabulary and structures:

Target language:

Here there is a link to a vocabulary handout:!237&authkey=!ABIJf3pM5-L4cDA

Haggle, Compromise, worth, expensive (too expensive, way / far too expensive), overpriced, a rip-off, cheap (too cheap, way / far too cheap), bargain, good value, cheap as chips, to cost an arm and a leg.

Other synonyms of expensive: Pricey, steep, dear.

Other synonyms of cheap: Affordable, reasonable, economical.

For higher levels you can ban the use of “expensive” and “cheap”.

Put the students into pairs (3’s are also ok, 2 customers and 1 shopkeeper) and hand out role-cards (see below)

Link to printable role-cards:

Here you have a link to the role cards for several different role-plays. These were written specifically for classes in Barcelona so they have a Catalan theme. However, the objects for sale can easily be changed for ones related to the target audience.!136&authkey=!AIFFG0Wkh2MkSSw

Give the students plenty of time to haggle, negotiations sometimes drag on for a long time!

Wrap up:

Once everyone has had a go at both roles get the groups to feedback about their experiences.

Who was the best haggler?

What strategies did you use?

Which role is easier, customer or salesman?