It’s game time

Introduction: 

These are activities for upper intermediate students to introduce and practise sports idioms. Students unscramble the expressions, match them with the correct definitions and play a game.

Level: C1

Time: 60 minutes

Objectives:

  1. To introduce sports idioms and expressions.
  2. To unscramble sports idioms and expressions.
  3. To match the expressions with their definitions.
  4. To practise the new expressions whilst playing a game.

Materials (Click on the worksheets below to download the PDF files):

  1. It’s game time Worksheet, one per student.
  2. 24 It’s game time Cards, printed, cut out and laminated for future use.

Procedure:

  1. Put students in pairs and ask them to briefly discuss the following questions: What are the most important events in the sporting calendar in your country?Which is more important in sport –winning or taking part? Who are your sporting heroes? What are the qualities of a true champion?
  2. Hand students It’s game time Worksheet.
  3. Individually, students try to order the underlined words in sentences 1 to 12 to discover what the correct expressions are.
  4. When the students have finished, they compare their answers with a partner.
  5. Check the answers as a class.
  6. Now the students match the expressions with their definitions and compare their answers with their partner.
  7. Check the answers as a class.
  8. Divide the students into two or three small teams of 2 or 3 and place the cards face down on the table in front of the students.
  9. The first student from the first team draws a card and performs the action written in red on the card, e.g. they define what a safe bet is.
  10. The first team to guess the correct answer keeps the card.
  11. Then a player from another team draws the next card. The game continues until the cards have run out. The winner is the team with the most cards.

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Make or do? Have no clue :(

Introduction:

This is a fun, competitive card game for small groups of 3 or more players to review the most common collocations with do and make.

Level: B2

Time: 45 minutes

Objectives:

  1. To practise and review common collocations with do and make.
  2. To divide expressions into two categories: ones that collocate with do and ones that collocate with make.
  3. To collect the most cards by completing the sentences written on the cards.

Materials (Click on the worksheets below to download the PDF files):

  1. 36 printable Make or do, have no clue Cards (laminate for future use).
  2. Make or do, have no clue Worksheet.

Procedure:

  1. Elicit some common collocations with do and make and write them on the board, such as homework / washing / judo; a cake, a mistake, a mess.
  2. Put students in small groups of 2 or 3 and give each group a Make or do? Have no clue Worksheet.
  3. To make the activity more competitive, tell students that the first group to complete the task correctly wins.
  4. Monitor and check answers as a class.
  5. Print and cut out the Make or do? Have no clue Cards, one set per group of 3 or 4.
  6. Place all cards face down on the table.
  7. The first player draws the top card off the pile and reads the incomplete sentence out loud. The remaining players listen to the sentence and try to guess if the expression in the sentence collocates with do or make (make sure students use the correct tense). The first player to raise their hand and give the correct answer keeps the card. To discourage random guessing you can penalize incorrect responses. If the answer is wrong, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile. Play continues in a circle going left.
  8. The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of the game.
  9. At the end of the game ask the players to give their cards to the player on their left. The players now individually make sentences with the collocations on their classmates’ cards, e.g. I make myself a cup of coffee as soon as I wake up. Adam makes wonderful coffee for his mother every morning.

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A grand (two-party) coalition of verbs and prepositions

 

Introduction: 

These are activities for intermediate students to review common verbs and prepositions. Students write their own examples in the table, compare with their partner and play a competitive card game.

Level: B1

Time: 45 minutes

Objectives:

  1. To review common verbs and prepositions.
  2. To use the verbs and prepositions in context whilst playing a fun card game.

Materials:

  1. A grand (two-party) coalition! Worksheet A, one per student.
  2. A grand (two-party) coalition! Worksheet B, one per pair or small group, cut up.

Procedure:

  1. Hand each student ‘A grand (two-party) coalition! Worksheet A’.
  2. Individually, students write their own examples for the verbs and prepositions in the table, e.g. apply for a job.
  3. When the students have finished, they compare their answers with a partner.
  4. Check the answers and clarify meaning as a class.
  5. Put students in teams of 3 or 4.
  6. Print and cut out the cards from ‘A grand (two-party) coalition! Worksheet B’, one set per group. Shuffle and place all cards face down on the table.
  7. The first player takes a card from the pile and reads what is written on the card, e.g. to apply or for.
  8. All players must now come up with the correct missing preposition or verb and use it correctly in a sentence. Make sure the students write down the sentences to avoid misunderstanding.
  9. The students get 1 point if the sentence is correct and 2 points if the sentence is correct AND they use a different example from the other players, e.g.:
  • He applied for a job in Bath last week. 1 point
  • I would love to apply for a job in Poland. 1 point
  • He applied for a teaching post at Norwich University last year. 2 points 
  1. The player with the highest number of points wins.

A grand (two-party) coalition! Worksheet A

A grand (two-party) coalition! Worksheet B

P.S. Good luck today Alex.