This is a great short activity for an intermediate to advanced class. I use this as an ice breaker, warm up, or time killer at the end of class.
Before class, have a list of “what would you do if…” questions prepared. For example, “A dog is chasing you – what do/will/would you do?” Phrase the question according to the grammar your students are familiar with – low intermediate students can answer in simple present tense (I run away), upper intermediate in future tense (I will run away), and advanced students in conditional (I would run away). Send two students outside of the classroom, and ask the rest of the class what they’d do in a particular situation. Help them come up with a variety of creative answers that hint at but don’t spell out the situation. Bring the two missing students back in, and have them wander the room asking their classmates “What do/will/would you do?” Using the other students’ answers as clues, the two students race to guess what the situation is.
Some situation ideas include:
- A dog is chasing you.
- Your teacher yells at you in front of the whole class.
- Your mother asks you to cook dinner tonight.
- You find a wallet on the ground.
- Your friend gets hit by a car in front of you.
- You see a classmate steal something.
- You can’t find your schoolbag.
- Your friend starts smoking cigarettes.
- You spill your drink on your clothes as you’re walking to school.
- You win a ticket to Paris at the same time as your exams.
- You receive two identical gifts for your birthday.
- Your parents suggest moving to Russia next year.
- Your friend’s fly is down and you can see their underwear.