Actions can be practiced easily with a fun miming game.
I like to introduce more complicated actions like “popping a slice of toast into the toaster” by providing two teams with a list of less commonly known expressions in a fun miming game. In this manner whilst they are trying to guess what the action represents, they are continuously scanning the various new expressions on the list thereby fixing them in their memory and using them to find out if the action corresponds. In fact, as the game progresses they become faster and faster proving that they are learning the expressions at the same time.
There are a few rules to follow:
1. Each team receives the same lists (but I usually give three different sheets to each team – one per person – so that everybody is involved in the search since not everyone in each team has the same sheet and so they cannot ‘sleep’ as they have to contribute if their teammates haven’t got the expression they are looking for).
2. The person who is going to mime picks an expression (you have previously cut the expressions into strips) out of a bag.
3. The person miming does so for their own team so that they are forced to do it well.
The team members ask: "Are you ....ing?"
Answer: "Yes, I am. / No, I'm not."
4. If the team guesses the first time they gain 3 points, if they guess the second time they get 2 points and if they guess the third time they only get one point.
5. If they still haven’t guessed the opposite time gets to try for one point.
6. If they don’t guess the original team has a go for one point and they alternate until one team wins the point.
7. Then the opposing team starts miming again for three points…
The game is always very popular and fun as well as being effective.
You can download the worksheets below. Feel free to delete or translate the Italian into another language.
Hope you have fun with it!
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My name is Susan Brodar, born in London into a multilingual family and brought up bilingual English / Italian.