|Resources Needed:||Flashcards with sentences written on them, e.g. "The cat climbed onto the table." Paper, pens and colouring pencils|
Chinese whispers is usually thought of as a listening activity, but it can be a fun writing activity too, especially if you've got artistic students! This activity is sometimes known as "Consequences", but it is also a version of "Chinese Whispers". The teacher show a flashcard with a sentence written on it to student A in the class. For example: "The cat climbed up onto the table." Student A then has to draw it.
Student A gives their drawing to Student B who looks at the picture and writes their own description of what they see. Give a time limit to the drawer and the writer. Student B gives their written description to Student C who draws it and so on.
Now do feedback and see how far from the original sentence your learners have come. Do this activity twice, making sure that each student in the class has an opportunity to do writing as well as drawing.
- Depending on the size of your class you could put your learners into small groups of four or five.
- Make sure that the students in each group cannot see the drawing and the sentences until it is their turn. You may need to move students to different parts of the class in order to accomplish this. Perhaps when it is the student's turn to draw or write, they have to come to the front of the class to do it, so that the teacher can monitor.