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Chinese Whispers


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The traditional version of Chinese Whispers is to whisper a sentence to the first person in the class, who whispers it to the next person and so on until the last person repeats the message out loud to the rest of the class. Typical of the kind of distortion you can get is the classic, pre-decimal whisper where: 'Send reinforcements, we're going to advance,' becomes: 'Send three-and-fourpence, we're going to a dance.'


Variations

As a variation, you can limit the number of people in the exercise and have the rest of the class act as observers:

Debrief the exercise by asking:

Another variation is to ask the first person in the chain to describe the scene in a distinctive photograph. It can help if the person first writes down, in their own words, approximately 10 statements about the scene — possibly prompted by some questions that you supply.

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