This is a creative speaking activity inspired by a great book by Edward de Bono called “Creativity Workout”.


  1. To recycle recently studied vocabulary in a new and memorable context.


  1. One die per pair or small group.


  1. Draw a 6 x 6 grid on the board.
  2. Ask the students to review recently studied vocabulary and provide a word for each square. Make sure the students know the meaning of all the words.
  3. When the grid is complete, put students in pairs or small groups. To obtain words for the speaking activity students throw the die twice: the first throw indicates which column they are going to use and the second indicates which row they are going to use. Depending on the task, they must roll for the number of words and use them repetitively to complete the activity.
  4. The following are just examples of activities that can be done with random words. They could be done in one session or you could choose a few to do as a warmer or plenary :
  • Obtain four random words. Write down 4 questions you would like to ask someone you admire, e.g. your favourite actor, writer, politician, etc.
  • Obtain four random words. Describe your perfect day using the random words in any order you wish.
  • Obtain four random words. Use the words to tell your life story in as much detail as possible.
  • Obtain five random words. Design a short radio advert for one of your favourite brands.
  • Obtain four random words. You have won a million pounds. Using the random words explain why you decided not to accept the prize.
  • Obtain five random words. You have met an alien. Tell them 5 things they should know about the human race and our planet using the random words.
  • Obtain five random words. The zombie apocalypse is coming. Write down five things you think people should do in order to survive.
  • Obtain five random words. Write down a list of five interesting first date ideas.
  • Obtain three random words. Write down a list of three things that make you extremely happy.
  • Obtain five random words. Think of a country you have visited and using the words create a list of recommendations for someone who has never been to that country before.

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