Lies

There’s a foreign language type of activity or game called lies, where the teacher says a sentence that’s false, and students change it into a true one.  You can do the activity where students speak alone or in pairs, and you can adjust the sentences to fit a target topic or grammar point.  Thinking of false sentences on the fly is difficult, so bringing a list (ODT or PDF) is helpful.

An exchange might go as follows…

Teacher: Frogs are blue.
Student 1: No, frogs are green.
Teacher: Very nice.  Anyone else?
Student 2: No, dolphins are blue.
Teacher: That’s true.

This game is a good chance to reinforce the notion of multiple acceptable answers. In the above example, students can fix the sentence by changing frogs, blue, or even are.

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