Students each have a sheet in the format of the one pictured above.  Each student secretly chooses one of the phrases from inside of each of the bubbles (a pen mark will help).  Student A will read and guess the first word from inside the bubble.  If student A gets the word right, they can progress and attempt to guess the next one.  When student A chooses the wrong one, they must stop and it is partner B’s turn to do the same thing.  They must keep going like this until they have got all the way to the end of the document.  There is potential for three games of this so the students have a chance to select each of the options in the bubbles.  Good speaking, listening and memorisation activity.


  • Handout similar to one pictured above.

Extension activities

  • Students could use the speaking grid as a writing frame to produce a written piece.
  • Students could write their own ‘bubbles’ using similar vocabulary for other pairs in the class to play.

A good activity because…

  • It can be used throughout the key stages, and is particularly useful as a different way to practise controlled assessment speaking paragraphs.
  • Students like competition and it keeps them busy.  Just remind them not to stop after they have done it once.

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2 responses »

  1. I am a fan of bubbles. It took some explaining, but once they had the idea they really enjoyed it.

  2. I would love to use this with the students creating the bubbles as questions they would ask other people, with possible responses in the bubbles. They could even keep a section of their binders of bubble activities as notes on basic conversational topics. Thanks for sharing bubbles- I am looking forward to using this in my class!

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