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The “Telephone” Game For Theory of Knowledge Students


Most teachers of English Language Learners are familiar with the “Telephone” game — you whisper a sentence into a student’s ear and they have to whisper it into another student’s ear and so on — to see what the last person has to say. Usually, it’s done in two “teams” to see who comes up with the most accurate sentence at the end. It’s a fun speaking activity, and everybody always has a good time.

Scientific American has posted an article
about the game and they share a number of useful follow-up activities and questions that would make it an excellent lesson for Theory of Knowledge students. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t previously made the connection….

And some of those questions could also be raised to English Language Learners.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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