Just a minute!

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Just a minute!, AKA talk for a minute, is a game which has featured on BBC radio in which contestants compete to talk for one minute on a given topic or statement. The game is played by three contestants and is a fun way to practise the long turn in Cambridge oral exams.

Preparation[edit]

  • Each group of three to four students will need a stopwatch and a pen(cil) and paper to keep score.

How to play[edit]

  • The teacher provides the class with a list of topics, or alternatively the class mind-map topics they have recently talked about.
  • One member of each group volunteers/is chosen to start the first round.
  • Another member of each group then volunteers/is chosen to be the timekeeper. S/he sets a stopwatch for 60 seconds and chooses a topic from the list.
Note: the timekeeper does not participate in a round, but acts as a moderator.
  • The round begins when the volunteer/elected player begins talking. They must try to talk about the topic without hesitating, deviating from the topic or repeating words/phrases for the entire minute. If the speaker does break one of the the rules, any other member of their group can challenge them. When a challenge is made, the timekeeper pauses the stopwatch and decides whether or not the challenge is valid. If the timekeeper decides the challenge is not valid, s/he un-pauses the stopwatch and the speaker continues where he/she left off. If however, the timekeeper decides the challenge is valid, then the player who made the challenge takes over as speaker when the stopwatch is un-paused and is also awarded one point for their correct challenge.
  • The round continues in this fashion until the minute is up, at which moment the player who is speaking wins one point for "passing the finish line".
  • The roles then switch: the player who starts and the timekeeper roles move round to the left/right and the next round begins.

Variation[edit]

Instead of topics, sentences can be used such as "The reason why many people prefer democracy", "How penguins can save the world" or "The worst ways to cure a hangover" etc.