Last Friday was a very interesting day in Lockhart Academy. At 18:00, 7 students from the academy and 1 volunteer showed up ready to have fun and use a lot of English. They had signed up for “Death Wears White”, a role game in which the players have to try to guess, among other things, who committed a murder.
The murder happened in a hospital, so we asked the students to come dressed up as members of this hospital (some like doctors, others like nurses, some other like administrators…).
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As the story happens inside the cafeteria of the hospital, the actors and actresses were received with some food and beverages that they enjoyed (in fact, starting at that time in the evening, a snack was very welcomed).
The food and drink wasn’t very healthy but it made the trick. We had chocolate muffins and cookies and three different flavors of Pringles® . To quench the thirst we had orange Fanta, Zero Coke, water and some beers (we were all all enough…).
A lot of things happened throughout the evening. There was a hostage situation in the hospital; the players searched for clues in several locations and then shared them (or not) with the others; the police contacted the hospital and tried to negotiate with the hostage takers; we even had a pizza delivery boy (who spoke in English) that looked suspiciously everywhere when he delivered the 4 pizzas and the chicken wings (some think he could be a police officer checking everything was OK inside the cafeteria…).
The students continued using the language and communicating until the time for finishing the game arrived. In that moment, they had to fill-in a paper answering some questions about the game and about the other players. One of the questions they had to answer is “Who do you think was the murderer?”. We can tell you this: only the murderer guessed the correct answer to this questions (so, well-played, murderer).
Another question the students had to answer was: Who was the best actor in the game? The answer wasn’t unanimous but almost. 7 out of 8 players voted the Reverend Tom as the best actor in the evening! Way to go, Reverend Tom!
Well, women and gentlemen. That’s all we can say about our amazing evening. We all enjoyed a lot (organizer and players) and we all used a lot of English (we read a lot and we communicated a lot). The attendants already asked us for a second edition of the game, so we’d better start working on it…
If you would have liked to attend the game, maybe you can still do it. Just fill in the following (very short) form and we will count on you for the next edition of “Death Wears White” in Lockhart Academy!