Monday, October 19, 2009


Sometimes I play a warm-up game with my classes called, "Back to board." Basically I put a student in a chair with his back facing the white-board. I then write a random noun on the board and the students must use English to give hints to the person with his back towards the board. It's a fun game and a good way to get kids talking.

The other day I wrote "Wife" on the board and had a pretty hilarious experience. All the students looked completely puzzled for a good thirty seconds. One student finally said, "It is the opposite of husband." This was a perfect clue in my opinion. However, nobody budged and if anything they seemed more confused. Finally after another thirty seconds a student said, "It is a job. The person must cook and clean." Immediately everybody lit up and the person in the chair guessed the word.

Perhaps feminism hasn't hit its full stride in Japan.


Mẹ Cua và Bống said...

I am an English teacher too in Vietnam and I learn a method of teaching from you in this entry.I will give this game to my students and I will tell you the answer, ok? :-)

Benjamin said...

Sounds like a good plan! I'm curious to hear what happens in your class.