Learners have to find the connection that links words together in this pre-reading exercise.
Choose a set of lexical items that have something in common and that are going to crop up in the lesson: in the coursebook unit, in a reading or listening passage, in a discussion, etc.
You could choose a mixture of items that are known (though perhaps not in connection with the topic of the lesson) and some that are probably unknown. The learners' task is to suggest a possible connection between the items.
- good value
- goes with
(Solution: all connected with the topic of wine)
(Solution: all connected with music - Yes, but what else? - all have three syllables with the stress on the second syllable)