Pick a Side

Students move to the left or right side of the classroom depending on what they can or cannot do.

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Originally submitted by Raymond Corrigan on Feb 10, 2010.

This game allows low-level/shy students to practice using the grammar point “can” with their teammates before they move on to individual work.

Detailed Explanation

Draw a big 'X' on the left hand side (LHS) of the board and a big 'O' on the right hand side (RHS).

Ask the students, "Can you play baseball?" .

Students move to the RHS of the room if they can and LHS of the room if they can't play baseball.

This divides the class into two teams. The LHS team and the RHS team will interview each other in a loud voice and students will answer accordingly.

  • LHS: Can you play baseball?
  • RHS: Yes, I can (play baseball). Can you play baseball?
  • LHS: No, I can't (play baseball).

Repeat Step 2, replacing baseball with another vocabulary word. Keep playing until you think the students understand or are becoming bored.


For Step 3, if students take too long to pick a side, or if you just want to add some tension, give them a dramatic 5-second countdown to decide.

Teaching Suggestions

Have one teacher on each side of the room to guide/check the teams.

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Estimated time: 15-30 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

November 12, 2019


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