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    Would you rather…?


    Would you rather…?
    Target Language:
    Grade Level:
    Elementary, Postsecondary, Secondary
    Short (5-15 minutes)
    Date Submitted:
    March 19, 2020
    Mahaliah Peddle

    • Students will justify their answers in English
    • Students will practice debating

    Preparation and materials required:

    A Powerpoint presentation with different “Would you rather” questions, such as “Would you rather be able to be invisible or be able to fly?”, “Would you rather do schoolwork in a group or by yourself?” You could also write the questions on a whiteboard. You could get more advanced students to come up with their own questions to ask the group.


    1. Create your questions. You can do as few or as many as you would like, but I found that the students stayed interested for about 8-10 questions.
    2. Explain the game to your group.
    3. Play the game. I had students move to one side of the class for one option, and the other side of the class for the other option, but you could also have them raise their hands for their choice.
    4. Ask one or two students per side to justify why they picked that option. Encourage debate between the two sides as well, if their level of English allows for it.

    Practice suggestions:

    • Pick an option yourself after the students have picked, then explain why you picked that option. This gives the students a good example for justifying their choice.
    • The students would likely stay engaged for longer if they were creating their own questions and then asking them to the class. You could do 4 or 5 questions that you make, and then get your group to create questions to continue the game.
    • You can look up “Would you rather” or “This or that” questions online if you need some inspiration.