This game is an original activity that your students will love!
The goal of the game is to teach students how to use professional communication when speaking in an educational setting (i.e. speeches, paper writing, interviewing for a job, etc.) The game is competitive and creates a fun atmosphere while the students will learn what words are not acceptable (i.e. "um", "uh", etc.) Students will also gain impromptu speaking experience while igniting their creativity. Their creativity applied to the topics will help them generate extensions on topics that can be applied to critical thinking and paper writing.
I usually give medals and awards to the "winners" of the Um Game!