Present Simple Taboo Questions Game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Present Simple
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Published: 16th Oct 2014

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Present Simple Taboo Questions Game

Part One: Classify the questions
Give each question below a rank from 1 point (= a normal conversational question, even 
suitable for asking when you speak to someone for the first time) to 5 points (= completely 
taboo). 

“Do you buy lottery tickets?”

“Do you drink alcohol?”

“Do you gamble?”

“Do you have any allergies?”

“Do you have any illnesses?”

“Do you have any painkillers with you?”

“Do you pick your nose?”

“Do you prefer a bath or a shower?”

“Do you read your star sign?”

“Do you see a fortune teller?”

“Do you take any medicine?”

“Do you wear glasses?”

“Do you wear pyjamas?”

“How do you feel about your mother-in-law?”

“How long do you spend exercising every week?”

“How many pairs of shoes do you have?”

“How much do you weigh?”

“How much money do you earn?”

“How much money do you spend on going out?”

“How often do you get drunk?”

“How often do you take a bath or shower?”

“How often do you tidy up your house or flat?”

“What do you think about nuclear power?”

“Where do you buy underwear?”

“Where do you come from?”

“Where do you usually go on holiday?”

Part Two: Answering questions challenge game
Change groups. Your new partner will ask you a question from their list. Choose how 
many points you want the question to be. If you can answer the question, you will get that 
many points. If you don’t want to answer the question or can’t think of an answer, you can 
use the phrases in the Useful Language box below, but you won’t get any points. 
 

Useful language - Politely refusing to answer a question

“I’d rather not answer that (if you don’t mind).”
“I’d rather not say (if that’s okay).”
“I’m afraid that’s (seems) a bit personal.”

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Present Simple Taboo Questions Game

Part Three: Question writing and further speaking practice 

Make some more Present Simple questions for each of the five categories:

5 points = Extremely difficult/ taboo questions
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?

4 points = Very difficult
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?

3 points = Quite or a little bit difficult
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?

2 points = Quite easy
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?

1 points = Very easy/ an ordinary question
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?
______________________________________________________________________?

Play the same game as above, but this time with your own questions.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

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