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Logical Listening

This is a game that encourages students to listen carefully and think in English. The sample below has three columns across but on a piece of paper you can have six across. Students add information to the chart, shown below, while you give the "clues" listed. When you have read all the clues (sometimes it is necessary to read them twice) students should know who is the first student, who is the second, etc.

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"Who are they?"

Student One

Student Two

Student Three

Student Four

Student Five

Student Six

Read these sentences in groups to challenge the students. Teacher Joe says them at natural speed. You can say them a bit slower if your students really need that, but stay as close to natural speed as possible.

"There are six friends, three girls and three boys. The girls' names are Chris, Sally, and Janet. The boys are Bill, Victor and Larry. Can you guess who is first? Listen to these clues..."

First Group:

- The first student is a boy.
- The second student is a girl.
- The third student is a girl, too.
- The fourth student is not a girl.
- The sixth student is not a boy.

Second Group:

- The first, second and third students like Britney Spears.
(You can change to any famous person all of your students will know.)
- The fourth, fifth and sixth students don't like Britney Spears.

Third Group:

- The second, fourth and sixth students can't speak English well.
(You can change this to the local language in the country where you are teaching.)
- The first, third and fifth students can speak English very well.

Fourth Group:

- Sally loves Britney Spears and she can speak English very well. Who is she?
- Victor doesn't like Britney Spears and he can't speak English well. Who is he?
- Larry can speak English well, but he doesn't like Britney. Who is he?
- Chris can't speak English well, but she likes Britney. Who is she?
- Who are Bill and Janet?
(Students should be able to guess the final boy and girl without any specific clues, just by using the process of elimination.)

To make more games in the future, just choose any object mentioned in the textbook. In this case, Teacher Joe chose "student", then named six of them. You could choose car, job, place, food, drink, or any situation. When you have thought of six different ones, then think of three facts that differentiate them. In Joe's example, he used gender, liking or disliking Britney, and language ability. Try to then use only enough clues to make students think. For example, in the first group of clues above, Teacher Joe said nothing about the fifth student. It wasn't necessary, as students can think logically to figure out that it is a boy.

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