First play with the whole class and then try in groups (good for mixed ability groups).
Guess the word (can be used for abstract nouns)
- Choose five words relating to recent conversational themes.
- Write sets of clues to help students guess the words.
- Play with whole class or teams.
- Use one word per lesson over five lessons or use all words in one session as a longer game.
- Example clues (word = freedom):
- I am a noun but I am very important.
- I begin with the letter ‘f’.
- People in prison have lost it and want it back.
- People demand it when it is taken away by dictators.
- It is related to speech.
Coffee Pot game (a very popular game in EFL)
- This game is good for practising and reviewing action verbs and adverbs.
- Ask one student to leave the room then the rest of the class choose a verb e.g. type, ski, fly.
- The student returns to the room and asks questions to guess the verb.
- The missing verb can be substituted with 'coffee pot'.
- Example questions:
- Why do you coffee pot?
- Where do you coffee pot?
- Do you coffee pot by yourself?
- Do you need any special equipment for coffee potting?
These activities first appeared on the British Council Language Assistant website.