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Word Snakes

This is a simple word game to start or finish a lesson.

You can adapt it to any topic you’re doing or one you want to revise. A word snake is simply a chain of words where the following word starts with the last letter of the previous word. Here are a few examples.

Food

Spinachhammelonnutssausageegggarliccheese…..

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Taboo

This is a class version of the popular word game, Taboo.

Prepare your taboo cards by writing the target word at the top and three words that your students aren’t allowed to use in their definition below. The idea is that students have to define the target word without using any of the three words given on the card. Use words you want to recycle from previous classes. When students have got the idea, they can make a set of taboo cards as well so you build up a stock.

An example could be:

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Drawing dictations

Drawing dictations are a great way to practise vocabulary and to find out how well the students in your class listen to you.

You can make the dictation as easy or difficult as you like, depending on the level of the group and you can use drawing dictations to revise vocabulary you've studied in class in a fun way.

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Pass the ball

This game practises adjectives. You need a ball, or a screwed up piece of paper will work fine.

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Mystery objects

The game is good for revising lexical sets and is useful for practising using adjectives. It can be teacher led or played as a team game.

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Dating game

This is a great activity for getting students talking.

I have used it successfully with many different levels and age groups and have found that it is very effective at motivating teenagers to talk. It is particularly useful for practising describing appearance, character and interests.

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You will need a selection of flashcards of people, a mixture of ages and types.

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Horse race dictation

This is an activity in which students try to predict the order of words in a jumbled sentence before listening for the answer.

It is enjoyable because students are asked to predict the first word, in the same way people try to guess which horse will come first in a race, giving a strong motivation for the short but very intensive listening activity, in the form of a horse race commentary, which gives the solution.

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Grammar auction

This is a teacher led auction. It can be played with mixed language points which are causing difficulty or on a specific area.

You may need to check that the students understand the concept of an auction.

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Hot seat

This is a good activity for getting your students going in the morning. It is also excellent for revising vocabulary.

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