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I Wanna Telephone  



EDITED BY: Fiona Steele

GRAMMAR: Infinitive Verb

EXAMPLE: Do youwant her to call you back?

DATE ADDED: Jan 30, 2008


Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)Ó




15-30 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students practice using sub+verb+infinitive sentence while playing this whisper-down-the-alley style game, でんごうゲーム in Japanese.





  1. Make a list of sentences before class; a list of 20 should suffice. While the attachment provides a laundry list of sentences, some suggestions include:
    • I want you to touch your head.
    • I want you to shake hands with the JTE.
    • I want you to draw a house.
    • I want you to say, "hello" to the JTE.
    • The JTE asks you to jump.
    • The ALT asks you to close the door.
    • I need you to say, "I love you."
  2. The ALT/JTE should show do a role play of how to play the game. The ALT can be the student and JTE can be the teacher or vice versa. The ALT will be in the back of the classroom giving sentences & the JTE will be in the front receiving the sentences. The last student of each row will go to the ALT and the ALT will say a sentence. Students must remember the sentence and go back to their row. Then, when the ALT shouts, "GO!," students will whisper the sentence to the student in front of them, and so on. The first person in the row DOES NOT whisper the sentence to the JTE, rather they act it out. For example, if the sentence is, "I want you to touch your head," then the first student needs to touch his/her head to get the point. If the sentence is, "I want you to draw a house," then the first student must run to the chalkboard and draw a house.



  • It is best to review verbs (draw, touch, walk, close, raise, etc.)with students before starting the game.
  • Points: To make it easier to calculate, depending on the number of groups, points can be distribute according. For example, if there are 6 groups, the first group to accomplish the task can receive 6 points, 2nd group = 5 points, etc.



  • There will be students who will use Japanese instead of English during the whispering. There will also be students who dont know what they are saying. The only remedy is practice, practice, practice. ALT can walk around the classroom to ensure students are using English rather than Japanese. JTE will know how much students understand what they are saying by they act out the sentence at the end.

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