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SUBMITTED BYGerry Black / Charlotte Steggall



DATE ADDED: Jul 02, 2010


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20-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: This game can be adapted for any grammar point. It encourages students to create, and say aloud a particular grammar point repeatedly.


  • Mastermind attachments: There are worksheets for: Present Progressive Verb (verb+ing), Present Perfect Verb (have ever...), Passive Tense (was eaten), Future Tense, and a blank game board to tweak however you would like.
  • MastermindAdams attachment: Passive voice Mastermind



  1. After students make pairs, each student chooses one option from each column on their worksheet to make their "Secret Sentence" and write it in the box. Their partner must not see this sentence. Let's say the secret sentence is, "Will he buy a banana?"
  2. Students janken, the winner guesses first. The student guesses, "Will he eat a banana?" There are two sections which are correct, so that student gets two points. The student writes the guess in the grid at the bottom, putting their score in the first box of each row.
  3. Take it in turns to ask until both students have correctly guessed their partner's sentence.
  4. It's good to play a second time since the students will know the game better and know to pick a better sentence the second time.


  • Teaching Suggestions:

    It's a good idea to review the target grammar point before playing this game. This game can be adapted for any grammar point, the ALT can just slot in different nouns and verbs depending on what is being taught at the time. I have left a blank worksheet, as well as some examples I have used in the past with various grades.

  • For the Future Tense worksheet, 'question marks' were forgotten to be added to the rightside of the sentence boxes. You might want to add them before you print it.

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