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We Can! 1: Likes & dislikes games & activities


5 fun activities and games to practice saying "I like..." and "I don't like..." - and they don't require any preparation!

All activities can be personalized for your school/class and can easily be changed to practice extra structures like "I love...", "I really don't like..." or "He/she likes... / doesn't like..."

Remember to demonstrate the activities first.

1) Likes & dislikes mimes

Students are shown a word, picture or sentence and have to mime the object and show whether they like it or not. For example, a picture of somebody playing football (soccer), the word "football", or a sentence reading "I like (or don't like) football." Other students guess the answer.

2) Likes & dislikes line-up game

First, write "True" and "False" on the board. Then ask for a volunteer. The volunteer stands at the front of the class and says "I like (green peppers)" or "I don't like (PE)" (anything is OK). The other students then choose whether or not they think the student is telling the truth or not, and line up on the true or false side of the board. Award points for the winners.

3) Likes and dislikes partners

Students choose one thing they like or don't like. They then walk around the class asking other students "Do you like (tennis)?" When they find somebody who likes/dislikes the same thing, they sit down. Repeat with other new words. You could limit the choices by getting students to choose foods for one round, sports for the next, and so on.

4) Likes and dislikes Pictionary

Similar to the mime game, but students have to draw what they see. To increase the difficulty (and the fun!) give students a time limit, for example 10 seconds.

5) Likes and dislikes "Guess Who?"

(OK, this is almost zero-prep - all you need is a small piece of paper for each student.)

Give the students a small piece of paper and ask them to write their name, one thing they like and one thing they don't like. Then collect the papers and hand them out randomly. Students then read the papers aloud but DON'T say the name! Other students guess who it is. Help students who might have difficulty reading the sentences. 


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