Tuesday, October 25, 2011


The idea for this game has been supplied by George Tomlinson. He teaches at  Kuso Junior High School in Pusan, Korea. This page has been made using George's instructions and original text.

 A suggested blackboard layout.






Team A
Team B

How to Play:

How to plan on doing that is using it in conjunction with "Word by Word: Picture Dictionary" textbook and workbook.
Copy the suggested blackboard layout (above) onto the blackboard. Divide the students into groups of teams. The numbers refer to the difficulty of the questions i.e., 100 is very easy whereas 400 is more difficult.
A team chooses a type of question e.g. Body 200. Teacher then asks the question:
“It's in the middle of the leg and we all have two of them”
 Answer “knee”.  Teacher then put a cross in the "body 200" box so that this question will not be asked again.  The team who gets the right answer can continue to pick the category... The team with the most points wins...


The teacher needs the task of writing on the blackboard to the classroom president and the classroom vice president. This allows the teacher chance to monitor the exercise and all I have to do is  give the category descriptions. As students get better some of them will even be able to deliver the descriptions of the categories themselves as the MC of the game. The teacher  have tried distributing a version on paper  but the teacher have found that in this case the students are too busy looking at their paper rather than listening to what teacher saying . This detracts from the listening skills that they can acquire and they don't see the TPR the teacher is  performing so that the meaning of the word gets
permanently recorded into their long term memory bank.

Some Possible Categories:
Places: (Geography)
Places: (Around Town) Bank, Store
School: (Classroom) (Classroom actions) (TPR)
Family: (twins, brother-in-law, great grandmother, nephew, cousin)
Activities: (everyday) work, cook, clean, drive
Weather: drizzling, sleeting, hazy, foggy
Hobbies: painting, sculpting, knitting
Music: tuba, cymbals, reggae, jazz,
Occupations: architect, butcher, firefighter
Fruit: mango, cherry, kiwi, persimmon
Vegetables:  pepper, cucumber, onion
Body: pinky, thumb, ankle, wrist
Emotions: nervous, hungry, sleepy
Mammals: zebra, hippo, skunk, whale
Birds: duck, peacock, ostrich, penguin

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