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This is a game that can be adapted for a range of levels. I thought it up specifically for students to practice for the FCE/CAE/CPE speaking part 1, in which candidates must give complete answers to a series of interview style questions.
You will need Adam Simpson’s amazing blockbusters powerpoint game which you can download here. You will also need a list of typical Cambridge exam questions which you can download below. Alternatively, for non-exam classes, you can play the game with the “Just a minute” topic cards also included below with the class procedure and rules.
Class procedure and rules
Typical Cambridge Exam Questions
just a minute
Class Procedure and Rules
Divide the class into two teams, orange and green, show the blockbusters power point. The green team’s objective is to make a line of tiles from left-to-right across the board, while the orange team has to do the same but from top-to-bottom.
Teams claim a tile by speaking about a topic for a minute with no hesitation, repetition or deviation. For lower levels you could change the time limit to 30 seconds and be more lenient with hesitation repetition and deviation. Students nominate one member of their team to go first.
The team decides which tile they want to try to claim. The teacher chooses a question from the list or a topic from the “Just a Minute” topic cards. The student must then speak for a minute about the topic, if they hesitate, repeat themselves or deviate from the topic the teacher stops the stop-watch and a member of the opposing team can try to talk for the rest of the minute to claim the tile for their team.
Well, let me see…
That’s an interesting question…
What I’m trying to say is…
What I want to say is…
Probably the (most important)…
Speaking of…, … (Speaking of living abroad, my sister is currently living in…
That reminds me…
Before I forget…
On top of that…
… as well.
Just a Minute Topic Cards
|The best advice my parents ever gave me.
||The best day of my life.
||Being an only child
|My favourite dessert
||Falling in love
||The most annoying thing in the world
|My favourite toys as a child.
|The worst thing about living in Barcelona
||My most embarrassing moment
||My favourite hobby
||How to cook the perfect paella
|Making a cup of tea
||Learning to drive
|Things that make me angry
||What I was like as a child.
||The best way to propose to your boyfriend / girlfriend
|Ghosts and the supernatural
||Going to the dentists
||Buying a new car.