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The EFL Playhouse: A Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners

Close Your Eyes

Skills: Describing physical appearance; asking and responding to questions; visual discrimination
Group Size: 4 to 24
Prep Time: none
Playing Time: 5-20 minutes
Interest Level: ages 3 to adult
Ability Level: beginning to intermediate

Language used: "Look at _________." "Close your eyes!" colors, shapes, positions, articles of clothing

Game: Choose a student to begin. Tell the student, "Look at _______." Allow the student to examine the person or object for about five seconds, then direct the student, "Close your eyes!" After the student's eyes are closed ask him or her a question about the person or object examined. For example, you might ask, "What color is Sung-ho's shirt?" or "Is there a box of crayons on my desk?" If the student responds incorrectly, direct him or her to open his or her eyes and inspect the object for five more seconds. Direct the student to close his or her eyes again and ask another question. Depending on class size, you may allow students up to three turns. If the student correctly answers the question, he or she chooses a player as well as a person or object and asks the next question.

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