Materials: Interview Bingo print for each student (click here for an example)
Time: 15-20 minutes
Interview Bingo is a substitution activity that is played with all class members standing, interacting in pairs. The game can be used for yes/no or wh- question patterns, or for statement and response ('I like fish.' ->'I like fish, too.' or 'I don't like fish. I like chicken.'). Because there are 25 places for answers on the bingo print, it works very well for vocabulary introduction and practice. For lower level students, using pictures, or pictures and words, on the print aids understanding and comprehension.
Interview bingo, being similar to an information-gap activity, is by its' nature communicative. Choosing the dialog used by the students, though, is what can give them, or not, a feeling for the meaning of the language. Choose your dialog thoughtfully and carefully!
Doing the Activity
- Preview the vocabulary on print, and the conversation used for play.
- Each student must circle one answer on each horizontal line. Have them do this while previewing the vocabulary.
- Do a testing activity to check students’ comprehension and accuracy (CROSSFIRE, or choosing students randomly or with dice).
- Let students practice playing/using the dialog once with their seat partner, then ask if there are any questions.
- With all students standing, students make pairs and play Janken/RPS. In most cases, the winner begins the conversation.
- Using their circled answer, the losing student (usually) answers using the conversation.
- Winning student makes an X on the given answer (only X’s make a BINGO!).
- Students separate and form new pairs.
- Game is finished at a time limit, or when several students have made BINGO!