Drama Team Game for Improved Focus | Speed Whispers
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Speed Whispers helps focus children while they’re working in a team and can create a great sense of camaraderie. It also has the added bonus of improving diction and is an incredibly effective TEFL/TESOL game. Use this game for vocal practice or as a cooldown.

InstructionsTwo girls whispering. Speed whispers is a drama game in which students must whosper a phrase to eachother in teams. It improves teamwork, focus, pronunciation and is an effective TEFL activity.

  • Divide the students into two equal teams.
  • Sit the teams in parallel lines facing the teacher.
  • The last member of each team should have their back to the wall furthest away from the teacher.
  • the first member of each team comes forward to the teacher who whispers the same phrase or sentence to each child.
  • On cue, these two students must whisper the phrase to the next person in the line.
  • The phrase is passed down the line until it reaches the person at the back.
  • No member of the line can be skipped and only the person directly ahead of them can pass on the message.
  • The final member of the team must run to the teacher and whisper the phrase.
  • The team who reaches¬†the teacher first receives one point.
  • The team who repeat the phrase most accurately get two points (accuracy is more important than speed).
  • Make a note of the score and then continue.
  • The person who has just run to whisper to the teacher remains at the front to receive the next phrase.
  • All other students must shuffle back.
  • The final person must have their back to the wall to ensure both teams have an equal distance to reach the teacher.
  • Continue¬†until all teams members have started and finished the line.

Top tip: Give a theme to all phrases e.g. lines from Shakespeare plays and give 10 bonus points to whichever team can reach you first with the correct answer.

You should also try:

Drama Team Game – Bing, Bang, Bong!

Drama Vocal Game – Good Afternoon

Rebecca is the founder and chief executive officer of Silly Fish Learning Ltd. She is a children's playwright with a vast and varied career in education, primarily teaching drama and English.

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