Ideas for English Lessons

Secret List

Subject: There is + Vocabulary


Skills: Speaking, Writing, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 20-25 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation (5-7 minutes). Make a list of ten things, which you can find, e.g. in a park. It might look something like this:


a bench, a bird, a bush, a dog, a flower, a fountain,

grass, a path, a playground, a tree


Immediate Preparation (1-2 minutes).

1. If possible, arrange the participants in a semi-circle in front of the board.

2. Ask the players to guess the words on your list.

How to Play. A typical game might start something like this:

Player A: Is there 'a tree' on your list?

You: Yes, there is.

Player A gets one point and you write 'a tree' on the left side of the board.

Player B: Is there 'a gate' on your list?

You: No, there isn't.

You write 'a gate' on the right side of the board.

and so on around the circle.

After all the words on your list has been revealed, distribute the following public places around the students in the class:


a beach, a cafe, a chemist, a hospital, a hotel, an office, a school,

a supermarket, a theatre, a train station, etc.


Next, tell each player to make a similar list by your example in their notebook. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time to complete this task. While they are working, circulate, monito and assist, if necessary. When everyone is ready, bring the class to order. Afterwards invite Player A to come to the board for leading the second round. Then it is Player B, whose turn to lead the following round and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the 'secret lists have been disclassified'. At the end of the activity, the number of points, accumulated by each participant during the whole competition, is counted up. The player, who gets the most points in total, becomes the winner of the game.