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Liar Liar

Liar Liar

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Liar Liar is a simple activity that I have used recently while teaching the topic of crime. It’s a simple activity and a great way to introduce the unit of crime. This activity uses authentic material and is a great way to challenge students while engaging them with interesting material. I have used this activity with teens and adults from B1 (lower intermediate +) to C1 (advanced) and I have had great results with it. As always, I would love to hear your opinions and adaptations.

Activity Time: 20 mins +
Materials required: presentation below (optional)
Skills practiced: speaking, listening and writing.
Level: Teens and adults (Intermediate +)
1. First, ask the class “How do you know if someone is lying?”
Encourage any types of answers. Write down the answers on the board.
2. Ask the class to take out a pen and some paper to write on. Tell them they are going to watch a video. Explain that in the video, they are going to hear different ways to tell if someone is telling lies. Explain to the students they should write as many as they can.

3. After you have watched the video, write all the different ways that the students heard on the board.

4. Next, tell the students to “write three questions about anything”. Give them some examples e.g
“What is the most exciting thing you have ever done?”
“Have you ever met someone famous?”
5. Tell the class that they are going to ask each other the questions. Explain that the student who is being asked the questions must lie about at least one of the questions.
The student who is answering the questions must give full answers and elaborate. The student asking the questions can ask follow up questions for more information. (For example, one of my students said he had been to Berlin. The other student asked what colour the taxis were in Berlin)
After the students have asked their questions, they must decide which question the student was lying about and why they think this. Then, the student admits what they lied about.
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