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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Compoud nouns revision

Level: Intermediate and upper
Time: Flexible
Materials: some pieces of paper

1. Give pairs of student a piece of paper. Pairs of students need to write at least 6 compound words. Make sure they leave room between words and that their hand writing is biggish. The aim is to obtain a list of compound words that have been seen in class or that students know.

2. Pick the words and cut them. This way you can shuffle the words as if they were cards

3. Divide the students in teams of 3, 4 or 5 members, depending on how big your class is.
4. Give one member of each group a word and model the activity.

The student needs to elicit the compound nouns by miming each of the constituent words. To begin, a player indicates 'first word' by raising a finger and then acts in such a way as to suggest this word. Those watching call out any words they think of until someone calls out the correct one. The player miming then nods and begins miming the second constituent word. For example, if the word is 'basketball', the player tries to elicit 'basket', and then 'ball'. The player must not, however, mime the word 'basketball' itself by running around as if playing the game.

If no one has guessed the word within a reasonable length of time, ask for the player miming to state it

5. Be ready to give more words to groups once they have guessed the word or quit

6. Depending on the type of students, the teacher may have all the groups acting at the same time or may decide that the groups need to act one by one.

Also the teacher may decide to set a time for each word.

7. The students who guessed more words in each team are the winners.

Adapted by Maria Zabala to avoid photocopies

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