December 7th, 2022

Middle School Resource: What’s My Line?

Middle School Resource

What’s My Line?

In this activity, students will research a career and write and answer questions about a job, using a foreign language they are studying.


  • Teacher explains the major idea of the 1950s-1960s television show “What’s My Line?” (Students sit on a panel and ask questions of the “guest” to determine the job of that person. The questions can only be “yes” or “no” questions. On the basis of the answers to the questions, the students guess the occupation of the guest.)
  • Students select a job in which they are interested and research that job.
  • Students write five questions about a job that will help them determine what kind of job it is. These questions are to be written in the foreign language that the students are studying.
  • Using their research, students prepare answers to possible questions in the foreign language they are studying.
    Students take turns serving on the panel and being the guest. The questions are both asked and answered in the foreign language.

Related NY State Academic Standards: CDOS, CDOS.I.1, CDOS.I.1.1, and more!

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