Number one for English language teachers

Vocabulary: The Grand National vocabulary game

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

A fun team exercise for revising vocabulary.


  • Put students into small groups of three or four and ask one from each group to draw a picture of a horse on a spare piece of paper.
  • Draw some hurdles on the board from left to right with a starting and finishing block at each end of the board. Take the drawings of the horses and stick them up from top to bottom at the starting block.
  • Describe an item of vocabulary you have been learning that week and get students to hit the table (or make a noise) when they know the answer.
  • When a team gets an answer correct they jump one hurdle.
  • The game ends when the first horse gets to the finishing line.

This is great for motivating a class to learn vocabulary.

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