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Famous People


SUBMITTED BY: Raymond Corrigan   

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: New Horizon's Let`s chat 3  


GRAMMAR: New Horizon's Let`s chat 3

EXAMPLE: Do you know Albert Einstein? 

DATE ADDED: Apr 06, 2008 


20 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE:Students interview each other about whether they know famous European/American scientists, artists and leaders.



  • FamousPeople cards - each worksheet should be cut into 12 cards before class.  You will need to make enough cards so that students can receive 2-3 cards.



  1. After practicing the Let`s chat 3 dialogue, have the following conversation with your JTE.
    • ALT: Do you know Leonardo da Vinci?
    • JTE: You mean the Italian artist?
    • ALT: Right. That`s him.
    • <switch roles>
    • JTE: Do you know Abraham Lincoln?
    • ALT: You mean the English leader?
    • JTE: No! I mean the American leader.
  2. Give each student a famous person card, tell them it is a secret and make sure they don`t show anyone. Explain that their famous person will be German, Italian, English or American. They will be a famous scientist, artist or leader. Explain the vocabulary on the board and make sure to point out that artist can mean a painter or a musician.
  3. Students stand up and play Janken with a partner. The winner is A the loser is B.
    • A: Do you know <famous person>?
    • B: You mean the _____  _____? (German/Italian/English/American) (scientist/artist/leader)
    • A: Right. That`s him./No. I mean the _____  _____.
  4. If B was right, A and B swap cards. If B was wrong, A gets to keep B`s card and B sits down in their chair. The ALT and JTE give the people sitting down another card so they can continue.
  5. A and B find new partners and repeat from step three.
  6. The goal is to collect as many cards as possible.



  • You can remove the Janken and have partners take turns being A and B.
    • In this case the card swapping rules are a bit more complicated. If A and B are both wrong, they don`t swap cards (XX = No change). If A and B are both right, they swap cards. (OO = Change). If A is right and B is wrong, A receives B`s card and vice-versa (OX = Winner receives).



  • If you have some time at the end, pick some harder famous people and ask the whole class, "Do you know _____?" They should respond using "You mean _____?"
  • If you don`t want to call the Roman-born Caesar an Italian leader, or the Austrian-born Hitler a German leader, dropping them has no effect on the game.



  • Famous people should not be too difficult or too hard.
  • If you need easier examples, ask your JTE for some Japanese examples.
  • If you need harder examples, find a history teacher.

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