Superlative Family Fortunes
ESL Superlative Adjectives Game - Speaking and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 minutes
Here is an entertaining superlatives game based on the TV show 'Family Fortunes'. The aim of the game is to guess the top five answers in a superlative category. The class is divided into two teams. One student from each team comes to the front of the class. The teacher picks a card at random and reads out the heading as a question, e.g. 'What are the most visited countries in the world?' The student who gives the highest ranking answer wins the choice for their team to play or pass, depending on the difficulty of the category. The students in the playing team then take it in turns to guess the other top five answers on the card. The playing team gets three lifelines per round. This means if a student in the team gives an answer that is not in the top five, the team loses one lifeline. If the team guesses all the answers, they win 100 points. If the team gives three answers that are not in the top five, play passes to the other team. The other team then has one chance to name one of the other top five answers. If they manage to do this, they win all the points. Then, two new students come to the front of the class and so on. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, the headings from the cards are written on the board. In pairs, the students try to remember what the number one answer for each card was by writing a superlative sentence for each heading, e.g. 'France is the most visited country in the world'. Finally, the sentences and correct answers are reviewed with the class.