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Oh My King



BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: MES-English & Japanese TV game shows


GRAMMAR: Imperative

EXAMPLE: Don't drive fast!

DATE ADDED: May 25, 2008



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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students practice imperative sentences by becoming 'kings' or 'slaves'.



  • OhMyKing worksheet: On the backside of each of the cards write a random number.



  1. Teach students the action verbs along with the gestures.
  2. Play a warm-up game of before this activity to ensure students understand the meaning of the actions.  Some recommended games include Criss-Cross or a charades type of game.
  3. Divide the class into groups. Each group receives an envelope with a set of cards.
  4. Each student picks a card from the envelope and reveals it simultaneously.  Each student takes turns saying their imperative sentence. Then, the students flip the cards over and discover who has the highest and lowest number.  The high number becomes the king and low number becomes the slave.  However, if a student(s) can't say their card, they automatically become a slave, too.  All the slaves close their eyes and the king chooses one of the cards drawn and shows the rest of the 'non-slave' students.
  5. Then, the slave(s) open their eyes and everyone says the imperative sentence and the slave(s) must act out the sentence for 10 seconds.  This is not a game to punish the evil, so if a student makes a mistake, students and teachers are encouraged to correct and help the slaves.
  6. The activity continues by the group choosing another card out of the envelope.



  • It is best to teach the pronunciation for the action verbs and then teach the actions for the words. For example, “wake up” would be yawning, “go to school” would be both hands on your shoulders pretending you are holding onto your backpack and start walking, “go to toilet” would be squatting and make a painful expression as if you are going on for a #2 (students love this gesture), etc.
  • Prepare a set of cards for each group of students you plan to have. The sets depend on the number of groups needed.



  • Walk around and make sure the students are speaking in English.

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