The lying game

pinocchioThis game is based on the popular two truths and a lie activity and is great for encouraging the students to get to know each other better.


When to play

A few weeks into the course when the students are starting to get to know each other.

How to play

Write five sentences about yourself on the board and explain that two of the sentences aren’t true. Ask students to discuss the sentences with their neighbour and decide which two they think are lies. Encourage students to ask you questions to test your knowledge of the sentence subject.

Your example sentences might look like this:

My favourite football team is Tottenham Hotspur

I’ve never been to Scotland

When I was young I wanted to be a shop assistant

I studied at Oxford University

I can juggle four balls

Now ask the students to write some similar sentences about themselves including some which are false. This step takes time, give students 10 to 15 minutes for this.

Divide the class into three teams (more is possible but it becomes much harder to score points).

Give each team a piece of A4 paper/card with True written on one side in marker pen and False on the other.

Team A decides on a sentence from one of their team members and tells the class. Teams B and C  now confer to decide whether the sentence is true or false and both teams are also allowed to ask the student one question.

Next give teams B and C up to a minute to make a decision and then signal that time is up. Both teams must now simultaneously hold up their true/false card. Team A then holds up their true/false card to show if the sentence was true or false.

If team A has fooled both of the other teams then they get a point. Teams B and C need only to guess correctly if team A were lying or telling the truth to get their point.

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