Thursday, 13 August 2009

Hatschi Patschi

From Anne MacKelvie:
Students sit in a circle on chairs (all facing into the circle).
One student is "it" and has to stand facing away from the circle. The teacher gets all students in the circle to close their eyes and then proceeds to tap 3 kids on the head. All students may then open their eyes and the person that is "it" may come into the circle.
This student will go around the circle asking individual students a question in the target language. Each student is required to give a correct answer, except for the students that have been tapped on the head. When a question is addressed to them they simply call out "Hatschi Patschi", which is the signal for all students in the circle to jump up and run to a different chair (incl. the student who was in the middle).
The new student left without a chair is now "it" and the game begins again.

(Danielle's comment: I am looking forward to trying this one with my students. The basic circle & swapping seats idea is explored in different ways under the heading of "Fruit salad" further down the page.

With beginner learners, the question can be the same one repeated over and over as a way of drilling both the question and practicing responses, and swapped (or not) with after each "hatchi patchi". With students who have a wider knowledge of the target language, you can make a rule that students can't repeat a question.)


  1. forgot to add - Hatchi Patchi is also explained on the "short & simple" site with lots of other games - the link is under the "Other fun ideas" heading on the side of the screen.

  2. hi - here's another version of this game (This version I learned at the AIM conference in Melbourne in 2011)

    send one person outside. select someone to be "hatchi Patchi" then call first student back in. The first person then asks the same question students in the class trying to find out who is hatchi patchi. (eg what's your name?) students answer normally except hatchi patchi would answer "my name is hatchi patchi." if they don't get it in 3 or so guesses, then get them to sit & cover their eyes & prompt the hatchi patchi to call out "hello" (or answer the question but keeping Hatchi Patchi as the answer) then the first student guesses again (hopefully recognising the voice of the speaker)
    This can be great for choral work if you get the class to repeat the ansers and / or the questions.