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This is a perfect game for revising any vocabulary which can be put into categories. So you can use it at the end of the year with all your students reviewing all topics from the school year or with your examination students reviewing exam topics. It can be used as a warm-up, energiser, or even the whole lesson activity.

You give students categories, draw a letter and students write down the words beginning with this letter. Here is the 'matura’ or E8 exam revision template for you to use in class. And a wheel to pick a letter. Once you generate a lot of lexical items, you have a great range of possibilities to use them on in speaking or writing. Have fun with your students.


Grab it, teach it - ready lessons Vocabulary with a twist

Cockney Slang

I’ve always been fascinated with the cockney rhyming slang. It is simply so much fun. And this is what learning and teaching English is actually about, isn’t it? I know cockney is not the most useful thing in the world but it’s almost the end of the school year so what about just having a little bit of relax and pure joy of playing with the language? I hope you and your students will simply enjoy this lesson. Let me know if you liked it.


Vocabulary with a twist

Secret word

This is a vocabulary revision game for E8 and other intermediate students. Let your students try their hand in the 'Secret word’ alphabet game. The game is obviously just a starting point. After playing the game I suggest one or two of the following follow-up tasks:

  • Give your students 2-3 minutes. They must add one more word to as many letters as possible.
  • Choose one letter. Give your students 2-3 minutes. They must write down as many words as possible beginning with this letter.
  • Ask your students to give the definitions of the words which were not the correct answers in the game.
  • Some of the words which were not the correct answers actually are fake words, they do not exist. Ask your students to identify them and then to give them meaning and write definitions.
  • Ask your students to make stories in pairs or small groups in which they’d use the 'fake words’ in the 'new meaning’. It will be the other group’s task to deduce the meaning of the fake words from the context.
  • Give your students one exam topic, for example, School, Social Life or Sport and 2-3 minutes to write as many words beginning with a chosen letter as possible.
  • Give your students one exam topic, for example, Work, Food or Culture and 2-3 minutes to write as many words each beginning with a different letter as possible.
  • Give your students a few exam topics, for example, Health, Nature, House, Man, Shopping, Crime and Science. Choose one letter. Let the students write one word in each category beginning with this letter.


Vocabulary with a twist

Work: I have… Who has…?

I guess everyone knows the game 'I have… Who has…?’ This one is useful if you want to revise Work vocabulary with your 8th Grade Students. Ideal as a warm-up or an end of lesson activity. Here is the link for you: