March 29, 2012 2 Comments
I’m getting married! I broke my leg! I saw an armored car spilling money all over the road and if you go outside quickly you can get some!
They’re big news, but don’t believe any of the above statements if you hear them on April 1st. The first day of April is April Fool’s Day, when jokes, lies, hoaxes and tricks are expected. The origins of the celebration are unclear, but April Fool’s Day is celebrated in Europe and in the United States. In Latin America, “fool’s day” does not happen in April, it is Día de los Inocentes and it is on December 28th. April fool’s pranks can be physical, like trying somebody’s chair to the table or putting salt in the sugar bowl, or elaborate, like these, but the simplest April fool’s jokes involve telling a lie with a completely straight face. Try this simple English language conversation activity to practice.
This activity is for beginners, but any level can enjoy it and stories can be as complex as students are able. Use it to practice a variety of vocabulary and grammar and build fluency through conversation.
1. Warm up. All players introduce themselves and say “My name is ___ and my parents/friends/classmates don’t know that I ____.”
My name is James and my parents don’t know that I play online games when I say I am doing homework.
My name is Julie and my friends don’t know that I am allergic to dogs.
2. Two truths and a lie. Each player thinks of three things about him or herself. Two of the things are true and one is not true. Each player says the three facts but does not say which one is not true. The other players have to ask questions to try to determine which is the lie. When time is up, everybody guesses which was not true. Players who can fool the class win.
Conversation objectives: Build fluency through conversation, ask and answer questions.
Ideal group size: At least three players.
Ideal group level: Beginning English, but can be modified for any level.
This post is part of our March Conversation Marathon. We publish a new conversation activity every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of March. To see the complete list of Marathon activities, click here.
For more general conversation topics, click here. For more conversation games, click here.
- April Fool’s Day: Why Is It Prime Time for Pranks? (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- April Fool’s Day Around the Globe (greetingcarduniverse.com)