ESL Suffixes Game - Reading, Spelling, Listening and Speaking Activity - Low Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes
In this captivating suffixes activity, students play games of Connect 4 where they change verbs into nouns using specific suffixes. The students are divided into groups of three. Two students play the first game and one student judges the players' answers. The two players are given a copy of game board 1 and the student acting as judge is given a copy of the game 1 answers. The aim of the game is to get four squares in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally, while at the same time trying to stop the other player from getting four in a row. The players win squares by changing verbs into nouns using certain suffixes and spelling the nouns correctly. The suffixes for game 1 are written on the board: -ation, -tion, -sion, -ment. The first player looks at the verb in the square and decides which suffix can be used to create a noun (i.e. ation, -tion, -sion, -ment). The student then says the noun and spells it. The student acting as judge listens and checks the noun and spelling on their answer sheet. If the noun and spelling are correct, the player writes their name in the square. It's then the other player's turn to choose a square and make a noun. If the player says the wrong noun or spells the noun incorrectly, play passes to the other student. The first player to get four in a row wins the game. If no one manages to do this, the player with the most squares wins. When a group has finished, they are given a copy of game 2 and the students swap roles, giving another student the chance to act as judge. Then, the suffixes for game 2 are written on the board: -ance, -ence, -al. At the end of game 2, the students swap roles again and play game 3 with suffixes: -ure, -ing, -age.