I used this game at the end of class last week. It was just for fun, although I guess you could tweak it to cover certain vocabulary. It involves quick thinking from the students, a bit of randomness and lots of laughing.
The inspiration? Richard Osman’s House of Games (© BBC). I love this show – if you haven’t watched an episode then I thoroughly recommend it!
The final round is always ‘Answer Smash’. You get given two clues, for example:
Clue one: what’s this?
Clue two: a famous university in England…
ANSWERS: BOX, OXFORD
The spellings crossover a bit. The aim of the game is to guess both clues and smash them together to make a word!
I didn’t use any images during my game as I prepared my clues about 10 minutes before class (B1 level). That meant all my clues were good listening practice and involved quick vocabulary recall. I admit they were random(!) but that was part of the fun! Here are some example answers I used:
shop, option = shoption
Harry Potter, termites = Harry Pottermites
paper, person = paperson
cat, attic = cattic
mug, ugly = mugly
pig, igloo = pigloo
bin, internet = binternet
went, enter = wenter
student, dentist = studentist
smart, artist = smartist
hotel, television = hotelevision
benefit, fitness = benefitness
cooking, kingdom = cookingdom
The students found it really fun to play with language like this.
Want to try? Can you guess these?
CLUE 1: coldest season in the UK
CLUE 2: a break in a theatre performance
CLUE 1: country in South-east Asia beginning with V
CLUE 2: a traffic light colour
(answer in the comments if you want!)
Adapting this game…
I’m trying to add a learning focus to this game. I’m thinking that a focus on matching sounds rather than matching spelling might be useful. E.g. smashing together schwas!
Teacher + adapt
Something like that. This is a work in progress… Any ideas? Have you used this game or anything similar before?
(box image: homedepot.com)
For more classroom games based on TV game shows, see this older post.