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Hungry Jack 's


SUBMITTED BY: Raymond Corrigan



GRAMMAR: NH's Speaking Plus 2 (book 3)

EXAMPLE: Would you like some more? Yes, please.

DATE ADDED: April 21, 2010


15-30 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE: A non-gambling Blackjack variation with cards offered as food, drinks or cake.



  • HungryJack attachment: One copy for each group
  • Playing cards: One pack for every group



  1. Demonstrate the game with the JTE and two students. Explain the goal is to get cards which add to as close to 21 as possible, without going over 21, just like playing Blackjack.
  2. After dividing the class into groups of four, give a Hungry Jack board and one pack of cards to each group. Students divide the cards into their suites and place them in their boxes on the board. (See attachment.)
  3. Students play Janken. The winner becomes the dealer, the losers become players.
  4. The dealer says the first question on the HJ board "Please help yourself." and each player takes one card from the first pile (diamonds) and says, "Thank you."
  5. The dealer asks the first player on their left the second question: "Would you like some more?" If the student wants another card (from the second pile) they say, "Yes, please." If they don't want another card, they say "No, thank you."
  6. The second player answers, then the third, etc.
  7. The dealer repeats steps 5 and 6 with the third and fourth question.
  8. At the end, the students put down their cards. The closest player under 21 wins. The winner becomes the dealer and the game resets.



  • To get volunteer students for demonstrating the game, ask the class who knows how to play Blackjack.
  • Before class divide the cards into their suites if you think there isn't going to be a lot of time for this activity.
  • BTW, "Hungry Jack's" is the Australian name for "Burger King".



  • Blackjack is not as well known in Japan. Show the JTE how to play before class and walk around with the JTE during the game checking the groups, but don`t worry if the students get the game a bit wrong (e.g. asking questions 1, 2, 3 and 4 to student 1, then student 2) as long as they are practicing and having fun.

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