What are Mystery Hangouts?

Mystery Hangout is a social game played by two groups of students via Google Hangout or Skype. The aim of the game is to find out first where the other group is from by asking and answering yes/no questions. It is an excellent lead-in activity in international projects such as eTwinning projects. The game needs a lot of preparation if you play it for the first time especially with younger students as they have to learn the continents, oceans, many countries, seas, the cardinal directions in English, practice map reading and asking and responding to yes/no questions. They also have to practice paying attention to the answers they get, narrowing the results, drawing conclusions and collaborating with each other in order to win the game. It is a really good example of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and the highest motivating activity I have ever tried with my students. 


I prepared Quizlet study sets for my students to practice the vocabulary at school (with Quizlet Live) and as homework and handed them out printables with the possible questions, a Europen map and a world map. During the game, they had their copies in their hands and worked closely together.



Mystery Hangout Questions Study Set:


Continents, Oceans and Seas Study Set:


Countries of the World Study Set:


They had to follow some Hangout rules like:


1. Don't wear clothes that can be a clue to your location.

2. Sit quietly and look at the screen so the other group can see that you are paying attention.

3. Speak only English.

4. When you speak to the other class, look into the camera and speak louder than your usual voice.

5. Be polite. Greet your partner if you speak to him/her the first time and introduce yourself (only your first name).

6. If you know (or think you know) the answer don't shout out but wait for your class turn.



European Countries Study Set:

The European Year of Cultural Heritage


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