This is a great game for class discussion. The game is about the relationship between a boyfriend and girlfriend aimed very much at teenagers. In the game you choose the best course of action for the boyfriend to take to reach the best ending to the game.
Location: Connected classroom
Skills Focus: Speaking
Target Language: Advice – 1st conditional / 2nd conditional / should
Game: Air Pressure
- Use the walkthrough to familiarise yourself with the game.
- Decide if you are going to use the walkthrough in class or not.
- Get two photos of a teenage boy and a teenage girl to use in class.
- Put photo of teenage boy and teenage girl on board.
- Elicit names for them.
- Elicit some background information – likes/ dislikes, hobbies, etc
- Tell the class they are going out but they are having some problems. Brainstorm possible problems.
- Get some advice from the class using the Target Language from above.
- Explain that the class is going to help a couple with their relationship.
- Play the game on the board.
- Encourage learners to discuss the best course of action. You may use the walkthrough to contribute to the discussion and guide the class in their decisions.
Learners write a letter to the characters in the game referring to events in the game. They could:
- give advice as support.
- give advice as criticism.
- write to a teenage magazine explaining their problem and asking for help.
- Role play a scene between the two characters.
Point out to learners that they can give opinion using ‘should’ and justify it using the 2nd conditional and react to someone else’s advice if they don’t agree by using the first conditional. e.g. These are some of the examples I heard some of my intermediate learners use:
The first part of the game you are given the choice of staying in or going out
opinion “He should stay in and spend time with his girlfriend.”
Justify “If he goes out, she will be upset.” or ”If he stays in they could watch a film together.”
disagree “If they don’t spend some time apart, he’ll feel trapped.” or “If they watch a film , they won’t agree on what to watch.”
Be warned – the discussion can get quite lively on this topic and it does seem to create a battle of the sexes. On the other hand, it does generate a lot of language.