Speed Speak

A student and their partner both hold up a card with pictures, and they have to race each other to make a sentence first.

I didn't make this activity. I got it from Englipedia and couldn't find it here on ALTopedia. I've played it 3 years in a row now, and my students have loved it every time, so I wanted to share. If anyone knows who made it, please let me know!

  1. Give each student a score sheet and a card. The scorecard also has the target language on it that'll be used in the game, so practice that before starting.
  2. Tell them to fold the card so the words are on one side and the pictures are on the other.
  3. They stand up and find a pair.
  4. On the count of 3, both students hold up the picture-side of their card to their pair and race to make a sentence out of their pair's card. For example, "Akiko used a computer on Monday," or "I played baseball on Friday".
  5. Whoever could say the sentence on their pair's card first can circle "Me" on the score sheet, which equals one point.
  6. The students say "goodbye" and find a new pair.
  7. Repeat until time is up or until several students have talked to 10 students.

*Note: the picture for "Friday" is silver instead of gold, and students made fun of me for that, so after printing out the cards, I colored them yellow with a highlighter, lol.

Submitted by rebvandev February 10, 2021 Estimated time: 15-20 minutes
  1. HughS February 26, 2021

    Looks fun! Could you upload the score sheet too?

  2. CrayonNickChan February 26, 2021

    Great idea, sounds fun.
    The score sheet is in the Excel file.

  3. rebvandev March 9, 2021

    @HughS the score sheet is on Sheet 2 of the file. You should see a tab near the bottom of the screen. :)

  4. dorbo March 11, 2021

    Excellent idea, I just used it today!

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