20 questions for any language class - Celebrities, Historical Figures, Characters
The game of 20 questions is a fun and effective way to practice forming questions and in these 3 versions of the game, students will practice using descriptive vocabulary to describe people. The games are great for getting students to speak any language classroom.
1 page to print out with the names of 52 celebrities
1 page to print out with the names of 52 historical people
1 page to print out with the names of 52 characters
Have students work in small groups of 2-4 or project the version of the game you want to use, and play as a whole class.
One student in the small group or class chooses a person on the chart. Other students ask up to 20 questions trying to guess the secret person. I like to allow my students to look at the game chart while they play. It helps move the game along and keeps kids from getting “stuck”.
You can play this game in any language. Show your students sample questions in the target language. Some examples:
Is it a man / woman?
Is it someone who is still living today?
Is it an actor / singer?
Is this person older than 40?
Does / Did this person live in America / Europe / Asia / etc?
The student who has chosen the secret person can answer using the following responses: YES - NO - SOMETIMES - RARELY - GENERALLY - MAYBE - IT DEPENDS - PROBABLY
Alternative game play:
To change up the game and to make it more challenging as well as practicing other skills, have the student who chooses the secret person describe that person to others in the group. Instead of asking questions about the secret person, other students listen to the description and guess who it is.
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20 questions games - Celebrities, Historical Figures, Characters