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ELT Game Corner

Welcome to my Game Corner. Here I introduce a game for you to use in your classes to help make English come alive.

December 01, 2004

GO HOME

go_home.jpg GO HOME is a game which teaches students how to refer to family members in English. It is a new slant on the old traditional game "Go Fish."

Number of players: 2-7
Level: elementary school to junior high school
Contents: 40 cards (four each of mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, son, daughter, sister, brother, baby, family)

Pregame warm-up
Show the students one card from each category and have them repeat after you. For example, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, son, daughter, sister, brother, baby, family. Then let the students practice the question, "Do you have a (family member)?" as you show one card at a time.

Directions
The dealer deals each student 5 cards face-down. The rest of the cards are placed face-down on the table. The students then look at their cards. The dealer goes first and asks any student if he/she has a family member he wants. For example, "Taro, do you have a sister?" If the student has the card, he/she says. "Yes, I do." And the dealer says, "May I have him/her, please?" To which the student replies, "Here you are," and hands the dealer the card. If the student does not have the card, he/she says "GO HOME." And the dealer will pick a card from the card pile.

Then the student to the left of the dealer asks any student a question, for example, "Junko, do you have a grandmother?" If Junko does not have a grandmother card in her hand, she says, "No, I don't. GO HOME." And the player picks a card from the card pile. And the next student goes. When a student has two-of-a kind family member, he/she can put the pair down. When there are no more cards in the GO HOME pile, the student can say, "I can't go home," to which the group can reply in unison, "Too bad." This usually generates chuckles from everyone. The game continues until all of the cards have been made into sets of two-of-a-kind family members. The player with the most sets WINS! The student with the most sets gives a presentation on his/her family by saying

There are _______people in my family, my mother, my father__________and me.

Note to Teachers
The students naturally differentiate between genders because they have to use the correct pronouns for the words. For example, "Do you have a brother? May I have HIM, please?"

Suggested Questions
Do you have a mother? May I have her?
Do you have a father? May I have him?
Do you have a son? May I have him?
Do you have a daughter? May I have her?
Do you have a grandmother? May I have her?
Do you have a grandfather? May I have him?
Do you have a brother? May I have him?
Do you have a sister? May I have her?
Do you have a family? May I have it?
Do you have a baby? May I have it?

English usage
Do you have a father?
Yes, I do.
May I have him, please?
Here you are.
Thank you.

Do you have a grandmother?
No, I don't. Go home.

Do you have a sister?
Yes, I do.
May I have her please?
Here you are.
Thank you.

Do you have a brother?
No, I don't. Go home.
I can't go home.
Too bad!

GO HOME is a fun game which lasts about 7 minutes, a good way to reinforce family vocabulary and end a class.

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