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Sign Gossip / Move gossip / Mimiq gossip

Gossip, postman, carrier pigeon, Chinese whispers... we know the basis of this activity by many names. The goal of the well-known process this time is to learn the signs on an experiential basis, using a nonformal method.

Details of activity


Focusing | Get into the situation | Creating a focus | Active involvement and presence | Practising signs


Depending on the number of people, we create one or two lines, the participants are behind each other. The facilitator shows the two participants at the beginning of the two lines a sequence of face expressions / movements / signs / sign combination / Sign Language sentence (its complexity depends on the age and the sign knowledge of the participants).

The other participants stand back to the first participants. The player at the beginning of the line turns around, passing the move or sign to the person in front of him so that only he can see. After that, this person presents the memorized sequence of movements to the person in front of him, and so on. By the time the "gossip" reaches the person at the end of the line, it will probably change completely. The last participant will sign or show to the facilitator what they have received - we will measure how much they differ from the original token… If there are two lines, they can compete with each other to pass on the gossip faster.

After the activity, let’s discuss what happened.

Eligible competencies, skills, attitudes

Memory | Visual memory | Accuracy of signing | Concentration | Cooperation | Physical expression| Don't be afraid to make mistakes! | Take advantage of the opportunities that arise from the error! | Confident speech or performance in front of the group

Related or background activity

Form of work

Whole group 

Time of activity

15 – 20 minutes (depends on part.number)

Age group

Over 8 years of age

Tool, material


Dice, if needed


Deaf Culture / awareness / discussion

If there are people among the participants who cannot sign, or we have not learned signs together before, we will play with facial expressions, gestures, or very simple signs.

Conversation: How and why did the information passed change? Why is it important to get every detail of the information? What happens if for some reason we don’t understand or remember every detail? How does a Deaf person experience this in terms of spoken information / mouth reading?


If we play the activity with definite Sign Language signs, the activity has to be preceded by the joint learning and memorization of signs, according to the topic.

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