This time of year can be a bit challenging to keep them in the target language.

Snow days, school dances, and spring break are on their minds!

This is when I’d get out the clothespins to add a little fun to talking in the target language.



1. Give each person 3 clothespins. They will pin them on their clothes.

2. Explain the rules: The point of the game is to get as many clothespins as possible from other people. You can take a clothes pin when someone speaks in English. You will say “Give me it” in the target language and they give it to you.

2. Quickly introduce the phrase “GIVE ME IT” in your target language.

3. Set how long you will play. Usually I’d set it for 15 minutes or while we are doing an interpersonal speaking activity.

4. Play! They will monitor each other. The person with the most pins at the end wins.

After playing, I noticed a student had decorated her pin. That gave me an idea… I asked her to decorate the pins with some conversational phrases and useful words that they might want to use while talking. She had the idea of cutting out the words from a magazine to add some color.

Possible Words/Phrases: Me too. No way. I don’t think so. I agree. Never. I love it.


  • clothespins
  • magazines or newspaper to cut out phrases

1. Cut out words and phrases that they may use in a conversation.

2. Glue to the cutouts to the pins with mod podge or regular glue. I found mod podge worked a little bit better in the long run.

Suggestion: Have students decorate them for you!

Comment below if you’ve done this in class or if you have any modifications. I’d love to hear your ideas too!

Happy Teaching! ~Kara