Best of NTC: No Pens Day Wednesday

Best of NTC: No Pens Day Wednesday

Teaching tip

Sometimes, it’s really nice in the classroom to put your pens, pencils and paper away and just let students talk – and if you can have some fun at the same time, then all the better. No Pens Day Wednesday gives you the opportunity to do just that.


If you would like to find out more about No Pens Day Wednesday, then click on the left button below. You’ll also find four speaking activities for A1 level and above. If you would like to use a new pen-free activity which will encourage spoken communication between your students, then click on the right button below.

Best of network Teachers' Club

New activity

Who am I? (level A2 upwards, 15 mins)

  • Before the lesson, prepare a list of famous people, living or dead, real or fictional and write each name on a separate slip of paper. (For example: Harry Potter, Robin Hood, Winnie the Pooh, Princess Diana, Angela Merkel, Ronald Reagan, Madonna, John Lennon, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Til Schweiger, Tony Blair, Queen Victoria, Lady Gaga, Prince George, Hillary Clinton, Christiano Ronaldo – or anyone else who your students will know.)
  • Give one slip of paper to each student – but the student must NOT read the name on the paper.
  • Model the activity using the name Tony Blair. Say: Do not look at your piece of paper. Show ‘your’ name to the other members of the class and ask ‘Who am I?’. Ask questions like ‘Am I a woman?’ (No) ‘Am I British?’ (Yes) ‘Am I a real person?’ (Yes) ‘Am I dead?’ (No) ‘Am I a politician?’ (Yes) ‘Am I Tony Blair?’ (Yes).
  • In turn, students ask the others Who am I?.

If you want to do this activity again (with pens!), ask the students to write the name of a famous person (living or dead, real or fictional) on a piece of paper. You then distribute the names to other class members and carry on with the activity as described above. 


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