Describing Processes Games Possible processes to describe A manufacturing or construction process A natural process (e.g. the nitrogen cycle or the life cycle of an animal) A performance (e.g. modelling with balloons, throwing your voice or a magic trick) A legal system (e.g. from being a suspect to being prosecuted or launching an appeal) A political system (e.g. running for election or how something becomes law) An administrative system (e.g. finding school places for first year primary students) Applying for something (visa, university, language school, graduate job, etc) Arts and crafts (carpentry, making Xmas decorations, etc) Buying something (e.g. a house or traveller’s cheques) Cleaning something Closing and/ or opening something Constructing something (e.g. flat pack furniture) Cooking or preparing some food or drink (e.g. a cocktail or long drink) Dealing with an animal (e.g. training a dog or getting a horse ready to ride) Dealing with children (e.g. bathing a baby) Doing a sport or exercise (a yoga move, a stretching routine or a dance move) Doing something on a computer (e.g. using some software) Driving or riding something Entering a competition Emptying or filling something (e.g. a vacuum cleaner) Escaping from a difficult situation (e.g. a bear attack or a plane that’s landed on water) First aid or other medical treatments (e.g. treating a snake bite)

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How something is selected (e.g. an American Idol winner or a high school teacher) Improving your mental processes (brainstorming, being more creative, etc) Making, altering or mending clothes Making yourself look better (e.g. putting on some makeup) Mending something (e.g. changing a light bulb or bicycle tyre) Operating electronics (e.g. DVD, alarm clock, dishwasher, or radio controlled car) Operating something mechanical (e.g. grandfather clock or gun) Planning something (an essay, a presentation, etc) Playing or tuning a musical instrument Playing or practicing a sport Safety checks Saving money (e.g. getting something for free or finding something second hand) Some DIY (e.g. constructing flat pack furniture or wallpapering) Using transport (e.g. the underground railway in another city) Games 1 Describe a process from above without saying which one until your partner guesses. 2 Describe one of the processes above. Your partner should try to spot stages you missed (however tiny). 3 Describe a process from above deliberately making mistakes (e.g. missing out stages, adding stages or mixing stages up). Your partner should try to spot the wrong instructions and correct you. 4 Describe one of the processes above. Your partner should repeat the stages back to you, and you should correct anything they get wrong or miss out. 5 Describe one of the processes above, maybe one picked at random. You should make up anything you don’t know about the process, then your partner will try to guess what was just imagination. 6 Take turns describing one of the processes above in detail. Whoever gets to the very end of the process loses. 7 Take turns describing one of the processes above using the vocabulary that you are given. You get one point for each word you can cross off (maybe using different coloured pens from each other). Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Describing Processes- Games - Using English

An administrative system (e.g. finding school places for first year primary students). Applying for something ... Driving or riding something. Entering a competition.

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