Drama & ESL Game | The Interview

The Interview really makes students think about sentence structure and work as a team. It can be quite a lot of work for the students but the results are hilarious!

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To ensure the students are socially distant, place the interviewees’ seats two metres apart.


The Interview is a great drama and ESL game that gets students thinking about sentence structure with hilarious results!

  • Ask for one volunteer to be the interviewer.
  • Ask for 3 or 4 volunteers to be interviewees. A larger number than 4 can make things quite complicated.
  • The interviewees must sit in a line.
  • Choose a topic for the interview e.g. sports.
  • The interviewer must ask questions related to the topic but try to give space for creative answers.
  • The interviewees all play one character. They must answer the question together.
  • The first person in the line says the first word followed by the second saying the second word and so on.
  • Students must not help each other or confer.
  • Once the students are happy that they have finished their sentence or answer, the interviewer can move on.

 Top tip: Dependent on the level of your students it may be better to play the role of interviewer yourself. Don’t be afraid to step in at any time if things aren’t making sense. Reiterate the sentence so far and encourage them to think about structure.

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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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