B2 First exam speaking
This game gives practice of part 1 of the speaking exam. In this game, each group of 3-4 students gets a set of numbers 1-40, cut up and a copy of the game board. They take it in turns to pick up a number, and answer the question.
Pick a question
You need a pack of playing cards and a copy of the question sheet for each group of 3-5 students. Students take it in turns to pick a card, and answer the question which it corresponds to. For example, the King of Spades is "What was your favourite toy when you were a child?". A higher level class could write their own questions (one group writes Qs for hearts, another for diamonds and so on).
Which is better?
Give students two nouns (e.g. love + money) and they discuss which is more important. Make it competitive by dividing students into As and Bs - A thinks love is better, B thinks money is better. After a couple of minutes, give another two nouns to compare. Can be used as vocabulary revision - get students to write nouns on little slips of paper, then they pick random pairs to discuss. A few other possible pairs are: cats/dogs, city/countryside, summer/winter, red/blue, watching/playing (sport).
Would I lie to you?
This is a TV show where celebrities tell anecdotes and other panelists ask questions to guess if the story is true or a lie (follow this link for an example on YouTube). It's lots of fun to get your students to prepare their own anecdotes in the same way.
Just a minute
This is a staple of EFL classes, adapted from the Radio 4 comedy series in which comedians have 1 minute to speak on a subject, and other panelists interrupt them (and take over the topic) if they repeat themselves or deviate from the subject. Whoever is speaking at the end of the minute wins!