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

Monday, July 09, 2012


Level: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced.

Skills: speaking.

Topic: warmer.

Materials: none.

Time: 5 to 10 minutes.

The principal object of this warmer is to guess the mystery word the group is using. 

One student is bundled out of earshot (maybe going out of the class) while the others agree on a verb. Suppose the verb chosen is 'to sing'. The student now returns. His or her task is to discover the hidden verb. This he or she does by posing questions in which the unknown verb is replaced by the word teapot, and to which the respective respondents must reply as if the concealed verb had been used in its place. In this instance, the inquisition might proceed along these lines: 

Angela              Where do you usually teapot? 
Brendan            In the bath. 
Angela              Does Byron teapot well? 
Christopher      No; he usually shatters the windows. 
Angela              What would you do if I teapotted all over you? 
Derek               Probably stuff cotton-wool in my ears. 

As students don't get the word right after a while (set time limit to one minute, maximum), they drop out of the game (but still participate, giving clues, answers and examples). When only two remain, they are the winners. 

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