In fact, they're so much fun that you might be tempted to use 'Find Someone Who ...' activities more than once with your group of learners. Well, why not? All you need to do is put a fun 'twist' on this popular activity to get more out of them.
So, here are 5 'twists' you can use - 5 fun ways to use "Find Someone Who ...'
A: Did you watch a movie on TV last night?
B: Yes, I did. (writes classmate’s name in the box) What kind of movie did you watch?
A: I watched comedy. (writes this information in the box)
When a classmate answers with ‘No’, the interviewer should the leave box empty. Another classmate may later answer ‘Yes’ for this question.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to model this activity with a student. Consider using the board to write a similar conversation as above.
In this version, students are allowed to ask one classmate one question (excluding follow-up questions) – and the answer, no matter ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, is written in the box. After a mutual interview exchange, students can move on to find another classmate to speak with.
‘Version 2’ guarantees that every box can be filled, and that students will not stick with just one classmate in an attempt to find a ‘Yes’ answer.
Wrap-up either version by having your learners sit down in pairs or groups of three and share the information they collected. Finally, elicit any especially interesting information your learners may have discovered.
A: Why didn't you watch TV last night?
B: I went shopping with my friends. And .... Umm ... I bought a new jacket.
A: I talked to Robert. He said he watched a movie on TV last night. But I don't think that's true. Robert's TV is broken!
B: I agree. That must not be true!
To wrap up, students can find their original partners and confirm which answers were true, and which was a lie.
With this in mind, project the 'Find Someone Who ...' Questions on the board and have them interview you. Remember that you can respond in any of the three ways mentioned above (just be sure to tell them ahead of time that all of your answers will be 'Yes', 'No,' or 'Mostly True').
A: My cousin watched TV last night.
B: What TV program did she watch?
A: She watched a comedy. She watches lots of TV, too much, I think!