How Questions- Card Games

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Questions
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Published: 14th Feb 2020

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How Questions- Card Games

Brainstorming how questions card game
Using the “question starter cards”, “one-word question starter cards” and/ or the “key 
words for questions cards”, ask as many suitable
 “How…?” questions as you can to your 
partner, thinking about your relationship, the day, the time of day, what you already know, 
etc. If the question is okay and answered, you can discard any connected card or cards. 
Your partner can reject a question and make you take any connected card back if they 
think the question is unsuitable for some reason. Your teacher will tell if you should use the
situation and/ or relationship cards to decide a roleplay situation or if you should just ask 
questions that are really suitable for your partner. 

How questions roleplay cards
Play one of the games described here with a situation and/ or relationship from cards that 
you take from the roleplay cards pack. 

Answers to how questions bluffing card game
Answer a “How…?” question with one of the responses on your answer cards and give 
more details (e.g. 
“Terrible. I…” if you have a “Terrible” card), even if none of those things 
are true for you. After asking for more details, your partner will guess if your answer (and 
connected story) were true or not. If you are playing with the kinds of answer cards, 
“no 
answer” means an answer like “I’d rather not say if you don’t mind” and “I’m afraid I can’t 
remember”, meaning that you feel your answer to that question is too personal. 

Answers to how questions Answer me card game
Ask your partner a “How…?” question. If they answer with something that is written on one
of the cards in your hand, you can discard that card and score one point. The winner is the
first person to discard all their cards or the person who has discarded most cards when the
teacher stops the game. If you are playing with the kinds of answer cards, 
“no answer” 
means an answer like 
“I’d rather not say if you don’t mind” and “I’m afraid I can’t 
remember”

p. 1

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

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Question starter cards

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

How did

How has

How have

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

How did

How has

How have

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

How did

How has

How have

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

How did

How has

How have

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

How did

How has

How have

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

How did

How has

How have

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

How is/ How’s

How are

How was

p. 2

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

One-word question starter cards

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

How

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

Key words for questions cards

be

break

business

Christmas

cold

cope

daughter/ son/ children

day

do

evening

family

flight

get

go

hangover

holiday

hotel

journey

leg

life

lunch

meal

meeting

new

off

on

party

presentation

project

since

stay

summer

things

traffic

trip

vacation

visit

weather

week

weekend

winter

work

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300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

Roleplay cards
Relationships cards

acquaintances

boss and team

member

colleagues

customer and

vendor/ supplier

family friends

foreign visitor and

host

the same friends/

friends of friends

old friends

acquaintances

boss and team

member

colleagues

customer and

vendor/ supplier

family friends

foreign visitor and

host

the same friends/

friends of friends

old friends

acquaintances

boss and team

member

colleagues

customer and

vendor/ supplier

Situations cards

after a day off

after a long time

after a sporting

event

after drinking

together

afternoon

arriving at work

arriving home after

work

beginning of

January

beginning of

September

drinking after work

end of the week

evening

in different countries

Monday

morning

office

see each other often

Wednesday

weekend

while eating

p. 5

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

Answer cards to cut up
Standard answer cards

(Really) great/ (Absolutely)

wonderful/ fantastic/ perfect

(Pretty) good/ Very well/

Not (so/ too) bad

Okay/ Alright/ Nothing

special

So-so

Not so good/ Not so great

(Absolutely) terrible/ awful/

A (real) nightmare

(Really) great/ (Absolutely)

wonderful/ fantastic/ perfect

(Pretty) good/ Very well/

Not (so/ too) bad

Okay/ Alright/ Nothing

special

So-so

Not so good/ Not so great

(Absolutely) terrible/ awful/

A (real) nightmare

Busyness cards

Absolutely hectic/ Really

busy

Fairly busy

Not too busy/ Not so busy

Other answer cards

Really well

Pretty well/ Fairly well

Not so well

(Oh, you know) same ole

same ole.

Don’t ask!/ You don’t want

to know!

I’d rather not say (if you

don’t mind).

Nine levels version

Absolutely wonderful/

fantastic/ superb/ perfect

Wonderful/ Fantastic/

Superb

(Really) great

Good/ Very well/ Not (so/

too) bad

Okay/ Alright/ Nothing

special

So-so

p. 6

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

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Not so good/ Not so great

Terrible/ Awful

Absolutely terrible/ awful

Absolutely wonderful/

fantastic/ superb/ perfect

Wonderful/ Fantastic/

Superb

(Really) great

Good/ Very well/ Not (so/

too) bad

Okay/ Alright/ Nothing

special

So-so

Not so good/ Not so great

Terrible/ Awful

Absolutely terrible/ awful

Absolutely wonderful/

fantastic/ superb/ perfect

Wonderful/ Fantastic/

Superb

(Really) great

Good/ Very well/ Not (so/

too) bad

Okay/ Alright/ Nothing

special

So-so

Not so good/ Not so great

Terrible/ Awful

Absolutely terrible/ awful

Individual expressions version (for bluffing only)

Absolutely wonderful

Absolutely fantastic

Absolutely superb

Absolutely perfect

Wonderful

Fantastic

Superb

Excellent

Really great

p. 7

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

Great

Very well

Good

Not bad

Not so bad

Not too bad

Pretty good

Okay

Alright

Nothing special

So-so

Not so good

Not so great

Terrible

Awful

Absolutely terrible

Absolutely awful

Absolutely horrible

Superb

Excellent

Really great

Great

Very well

Good

Not bad

Not so bad

Not too bad

Pretty good

Okay

Alright

Nothing special

So-so

Not so good

Not so great

Terrible

Awful

p. 8

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

Kinds of answer cards

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

strong

weak

positive

negative

no answer

no answer

no answer

no answer

p. 9

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

300 pages of other social English materials: 

https://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/social-english/

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