For more ESL games and activities, click here.

Why were you?

This fun game requires students to think on their feet as they are hit by a barrage of strange questions.


1: One student sits in the hot seat (S1).

2: Give each of the remaining students a piece of paper with an activity.

3: Students take turns to ask S1 why they are/were doing the activity on their paper.

4: S1 must try to answer all of the questions in a set time, and gets a point for each good answer.

5: After the time is up, choose a new student to go in the hot seat, and change the activity cards.

S2: Why were you wearing a coat?
S1: Because it was raining!
S3: Why were you sleeping in lesson?
S1: My friend was talking about something boring!


Online: This activity can work online providing all students know when it is their turn to ask.

1: This game could just as easily be used to practise present continuous by change the question to “why are you…?”

2: If you have a big class, students could do this activity in smaller groups. Points could also be awarded for the funniest answer.

Example Language:

wearing a coat
sleeping in class
burning your homework
eating your pencil
taking money from your friend’s bag
putting a spider on your friend’s chair
drawing on the table
pushing your friend
pulling your friend’s hair
shouting at your friend
eating paper
wearing a hat
putting your book in the bin
running in the hall
drawing a picture
using your phone
speaking Russian
looking at the wrong page

Don’t Miss A Thing!

If you like this post and the many others on Alex Walls ELT, why not subscribe to our teachers list and get great suggestions to your inbox?

* indicates required
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
error: Content is protected !!