Number one for English language teachers

Spelling: Word chain

Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

This warmer/lesson filler gets students to focus on a topic and listen to their classmates.

The aim of the game is to find words that start with the last letter of the word said before. E.g. the teacher starts by saying classroom. The next student continues with morning, the next with garden, and so on.

Procedure

The rules are simple. No word should be repeated (which forces the other students to pay attention to what is said by their classmates).

No proper names or abbreviations (like BBC) are allowed. Only English words are accepted.

The teacher can announce additional, more demanding, rules depending on the level, e.g. the words must have at least five letters or must be all adjectives, verbs, nouns or belong to a certain category like travel, food, house, school etc.

In a literature class a rule may be that all the words must deal with the novel, short story or drama being read at the moment.

Tip

You can also use ‘word chain’ at the end of a lesson as a filler in case there are a few minutes left to fill.

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