Author: Adrian Tennant | Published on 1 October 2022


Read what a teacher says about this activity:

Don’t say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ is a fun activity which helps learners think about different types of questions and short answers. Learners like it because they have to think quickly.

Stage 1 

Demonstrate the game with the learners.

Say: ‘You should ask me questions. Your aim is to get me to reply ‘yes’ or ‘no’. If I use either of these words you get a point.’ Play the game.

For example:

A: Do you live in the village?

B: I do.

A: Have you got a brother?

B: I have two brothers.

A: Are you the youngest?

B: I am.

A: Do you like English?

B: Yes, I do.

A: Got you! You said ‘yes’. 

Stage 2

Once you’ve demonstrated the game, put the learners in small groups.

Say: ‘Choose one person to answer the questions. The rest of the group asks questions to try and get him/her to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.’ 

Stage 3: 

Repeat the game with each learner in a group taking a turn answering the questions.  

As an alternative, you can demonstrate the game with a confident learner first, where you ask the questions. You can also help learners by brainstorming a list of everyday questions before you play the game. 


Demonstrate: To show and explain how learners should do a task.

Brainstorm: To suggest ideas quickly, before then considering them more carefully.