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The EFL Playhouse: A Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners


Objective: vocabulary review
Group Size: 4 to 18
Prep Time: none
Playing Time: 5-20 minutes
Interest Level: ages 5 to adult
Ability Level: beginning to intermediate

Game: In this simple activity, a player chooses a secret word. The word may be chosen from a list of vocabulary words on the board, drawn from a basket, or pulled from a file of previous vocabulary words. The player must then create a sentence which uses the word correctly. In place of the chosen word, however, the player says, "thwibbledy-thwap." For example, if the student chose the word "car," he or she might create the following sentence: "I rode to school today in my father's car." He or she would then say the following: "I rode to school today in my father's thwibbledy-thwap." Any student who believes that he or she knows what word "thwibbledy-thwap" represents should raise his or her hand. The player or the teacher calls on students in the order in which they raise their hands. If three students fail to guess the word, the player creates another sentence using the same word. ("Our new thwibbledy-thwap has four doors.") Up to three more students may guess, and so on, until someone guesses the correct word. The student who guesses correctly chooses the next word.

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