Tried and tested (and approved!) games and activities to help English learning.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ten Things

Level: Intermediate and Advanced.

Skills: writing.

Topic: vocabulary.

Materials: whiteboard markers (and a board, evidently).

Time: 5 to 15 minutes.

Divide the class into two teams, telling the students that they will come to the board to write, each student a time/per turn. Read out some categories, for instance:
  • Things that come in pairs;
  • Things that can fly, 
  • Things that are difficult;
  • Things that move fast;
  • Things that you keep cold;
  • Things that go up and down;
  • Things that make a lot of noise, etc.
In each team, students quickly think of ten things in that category. Then the appointed student for that turn comes to the board and writes the list. The first team to write the list wins a point. After some rounds (say, five or six), the team which most points are considered the winners. 

This game (which can be employed as a very nice warmer) is a hit with most of my students, teenagers and adults alike!

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