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 WarmupSpin the Bottle

SUBMITTED BY: Raegina Taylor

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Parties in the younger years


DATE ADDED: Jun 18, 2008


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


10-20 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students play Spin the Bottle to review a grammar point or to wrap up a lesson's activity.



  • A PET (plastic) bottle for each group - avoid old alcohol or glass bottles.  Large roundish sized are best.
  • A stopwatch



  1. Break students into groups of about 6. Either have them sit at desks or on the floor in a circle. I like to let the students know that this is a game played in my country by young people at parties. I don't tell them why; leaves a bit of mystery that keeps them motivated and trying to work out why we would play such a game...
  2. Set the rules of the game. This may include what grammar you are focusing on, or a topic. One I used was 'My summer holidays' and students had to talk and ask questions about that topic.
  3. The game can either be a question answer format, or a rememebering game where eacher person has to remember the sentences said by each person prior to them.
  4. Have a stopwatch handy. Set a time limit of maybe 1min to warm up. Ask student to count how many people they can get through and how many times each person in the group gets to speak.
  5. Example
    • Student A spins and asks B: "What did you do in Summer holidays?"
    • Student B: "I played basketball." (spins the bottle) Student B to C: "Did you eat ramen?"
    • Student C: "Yes, I did." {Extension: "I ate ramen."} (spins the bottle)
  6. In regards to the spoken sentences, see how many sentences they can remember and have one person from the group say all their group's sentences after the game is finished.
  7. After 1 minute, stop and check how the groups went. Repeat if time, maybe with a different topic or grammar point.



  • Can be used to wrap up the end of a lesson. For example, a self introduction lesson, students spin the bottle to see who will give their intro next.
  • For lower level classes, maybe you need to give them a starter question or just one quesiton to ask. Example Whats your favourite food? Every student must ask and answer the same question, but each answer must be different.
  • Can also be used to review vocabulary words. Use a set of cards in the centre of the group and the 'bottled person' has to take one and say it in English and perhaps make a sentence using it.


  • Make sure groups are not too small are too large. Depending on your class ability and interaction skills, adjust how many students are in each group.
  • Ensure your bottles are clean.

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