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Ideas for English Lessons



Subject: Spelling


This is another version of the popular Word Chain game.

Skills: Writing, Reading.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 2-12 players, prferably even or multiple to 3.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes). First make sure that the players are familiar with the Word Chain game. Next write on the board an example chain of words like this:

umbrella - lake - kettle - lesson - onion


Then elicit from the players to say that each word begins with the two last letters of the previuos one. After that, divide the class into 2 or 3 teams and ask each of them to make a similar chain of words.

How to Play. When the teams are ready, their 'secretaries' take it in  turns to come to the board and write their chains, e.g.:

Team A: hippo - potato - tomato - towel - elephant - 5 words

Team B: cinema - match - chain - inside - describe - beach - chicken - 7 words

Team C: music - ice - centre - request - steal - always - 6 words


As a result, by the number of words in the chain, Team B wins the game.

Advice. In a class of adult learners, it is better to hold the game for individual scoring.

Variation. As an alternative for higher levels, the task is to make a cycled chain like this:

cheese - sea - ear - artist - station - one - near - area - earth - they - eye - year -arrow - owner - error - orange - generous - use - seven - envelope - peach

This game is also a great way to usefully spend one's leisure time en route, on a beach, etc. In this case, the player competes with himself/herself, trying to make the longest chain.