ESL Vocabulary Game - Reading, Spelling and Speaking Activity - Elementary and above - 20 minutes
This useful vocabulary game can be used to help students practice collocations. Write the first and last word of your run-on collocations in a ladder on the board, leaving empty rungs for the words in between. Explain that each word on the ladder makes a collocation with the word next to it and that the collocations can be read up or down. Divide the class into two teams (A and B). Team A chooses either the top or bottom rung of the ladder. Write the first letter of the word on their chosen rung. Team A then tries to guess the word from the collocation, e.g. 'express s...' If Team A gets the word wrong, Team B chooses the top or bottom rung and another letter is added and so on. If a team correctly guesses the word, they score one point and play again. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.