Human Bingo [Teaching Tip]

This is a great first day/getting to know you activity!

Firstly, ask your students to divide an A4 sheet of blank paper into 9 equal size squares (like a large bingo card), using a pen and ruler (so the lines are straight!). The middle square is the “free” space. Next, put a list of five questions on the board (these can vary in difficulty depending on the level). For instance:

  • What is your name?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • How long have you been living in Spain?
  • What is the most exciting thing you have ever done?
  • (ask students to make this fifth question – so it’s one of their own choice)

The students must then stand up and mingle with the other students in the class and interview them,  to fill in the bingo page. Each square on the paper represents one person’s answers. When they have written all the answers from one person, they go on to someone else until all of the boxes on the paper are filled in. After about 10 minutes as students to stop and sit down. Don’t worry if some students are not finished. It’s more important that they have all finished at the same time, so you don’t have students finished first and getting bored. They may get distracted and speak in their own language!

The teacher uses the class register to shout out names. For example, if the teacher says, “Who has Carlos?” The students who interviewed Carlos would then provide the answers he gave to the bingo questions.

This game is suitable for 8 students, as there are 8 squares to fill in. Depending on the amount of students you have, you can change the number of squares.

It’s a fun game that gets students speaking right away! It can be used as a warmer or a cooler or to revise questions!

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