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Sumo - this activity is best suited to younger students, tween & teens.
How to play:
1. Drill the words first.
2. Print out full page slides.
3. Select two 'wrestlers' who stand face-to-face, with their hands behind their backs.
4. Select two of your slides.
5. Place them in the hands of your students.
6. The idea for them to maneuver around each other in order to identify the card behind their opponent's back.
7. First one to get round his/her partner and identify the word correctly wins.

Note: you will need a fairly big open space to do this activity successfully.

Taboo/Hot Seat - best suited for older teens and adults.
How to play:
1. Drill the words first.
2. Split your class into different teams (two is best, but if you have a large class, any number could be used).
3. Sit the students facing the board.
4. Then take an empty chair - one for each team - and put it at the front of the class, facing the team members. These chairs are the 'hot seats‘.
5. Then get one member from each team to come up and sit in that chair, so they are facing their team-mates and have their back to the board.
6. As the teacher, have a list of vocabulary items that you want to use in this game.
7. Take the first word from that list and write it clearly on the board.
8. The aim of the game is for the students in the teams to describe that word, using synonyms, antonyms, definitions, rhymes with etc. to their team-mate who is in the hot seat - that person can't see the word!
9. The student in the hot seat listens to their team-mates and tries to guess the word.
10. The first hot seat student to say the word wins a point for their team.
11. Then change the students over, with a new member of each team taking their place in their team's hot seat.

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The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Elementary (A1), Intermediate (B1)
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