Games for Adult Beginners

Innermost Words

Subject: There is + Vocabulary


This intriquing game is based on real statistics.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 18+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation (3-5 minutes). Copy for yourself the following list of words:

 love, life, heart, soul, eyes, song, happy, sad, I, you.


Immediate Preparation (3-5 minutes).

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

2. Tell the players, that analysing some thousand songs in different languages showed, that ten words occur in them most of all.

3. Ask the players to guess these words.

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

Player A: Is there 'love' in this list?

You: Yes, of course!

Player A gets one point for the right answer and you write 'love' on the left of the board.

Player B: Is there 'world' in this list?

You: No, there isn't.

You write 'world' on the right of the board.

and so on.

The game continues around the circle as long as all the list has been revealed. 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.