Two Quick Word Games

by Akif Okumus | 29 Nov 2017
Resource Description: As teachers, we usually need games for testing how much our students have progressed as well as motivating students or filling in the remaining time of a class in a meaningful way. You can use these two games with any class level as they will be competing against each others.
Audience: Secondary
Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Materials and Technology: You can use a whiteboard with different colours of boardmarkers, or a smartboard. You must put students into groups before starting these games.

- Testing the students about a word set that you have recently taught

- Motivating students 

-Filling in the remaining time

- Checking students' vocabulary skills


- Students will be able to practice their thinking skills and vocabulary skills

- Students will learn that they can have fun by playing word games 

Activity Description:

First of all, each group picks a color and writes with that same color whenever it is their turn.

For the Short Game:  Teacher writes a word with four letters such as CAKE. Then one student from each team will try to make a new word by just changing one letter such as TAKE, WAKE, MAKE. They can change any letter to make a new word. Such as MADE, MODE, MORE, MARE, DARE.

They cannot write the same word again, so the first team who cannot find a new word will be disqualified, the last team standing will be winner.


For the Long Game: The teacher writes any word on the board with a different color, then each team will come and try to make a word by using the last letters of the last written word. The point is: the more letters they use from that last word, the more points they can get.

For example: TAKE - KETTLE : Just 2 points, because only two letters are used (K,E). Then the game might continue like this:


The last group with the word FICTIONAL can get 7 points because they used all letters of the last word FICTION.

After several turns, you just add up the score of each team and find the winner.



References: Just using some ideas about other games and modifying to make them more challenging or long-term games.