The fun of this game is that there are no right or wrong answers. The aim of the game is really to stay in character and keep the interview going. You have seen some suggested example questions – but it is now up to you to come up with much more interesting ones.

So it is over to you to become the experts and to interview experts. Enjoy! I can’t read this to you myself as I’m off to pop some bubbles, and practice the bubble pop dance…

This exercise can be done initially with one, two or more ‘experts’ at the front of the room, with the class taking turns to ask questions. 

To encourage everyone to participate, this can then be done in pairs or in small groups. 

The example questions are: 

How Long have you been interested in ………? 

What is your first memory of ………? 

How many years do you have to study to become an expert in ………? Can you tell us something about ……… that we wouldn’t know? I hear that you have written a song about ………, what is the song called? 

This list can be added to or pupils can make up their own questions. This should be encouraged.

Teacher Notes – Setting the exercise up: 

● If you wish, you can go into the role as the MC of the Conference and introduce your ‘special guest’ onto the stage who will be your experts of the day. 

● You could ask their names, where they came from and what they are experts in. 

● Your role as MC can then get passed to a pupil who can then run the next round and so on. 

● If a quieter and more intimate version would be more suitable for your class, the exercise can be done at the desks with pupils asking their partner questions and then switching roles.

Once you are done, take some time to reflect on how it felt to be the ‘expert’.

Who were champions at winging it?

How did you draw upon your creativity to adapt to the situation?

What situations have you found yourself in before that have need to you to be creative like this?

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