Vocabulary mingle game is a fun and engaging activity which requires from students to find answers to 20 different questions relating to various vocabulary items. It might be used as a warm-up game and is a good idea for one of the first classes when you would like to gauge your students’ vocabulary knowledge. It might as well be used in the form of a quiz after covering several units from the coursebook. It is easily adaptable for any level and works best with bigger groups of students. It might be used with both younger and older students. the game below works best with pre-intermediate / intermediate students. Vocabulary mingle game ensures a lot of student talking time and is a nice icebreaker idea, as it helps students learn each other’s names faster.
Distribute worksheets among your students. Their task is to find answers to each question. They might ask one question to one other classmate at a time. They should talk with each classmate at least once. If their partner doesn’t know the answer, they should thank them and move on. Once they find someone who knows the answer (or thinks so), they should write down their name and the answer. The game is over once everybody has completed their worksheet/nobody knows the answer to the remaining questions.
To follow up, go through the worksheet with your students checking their answers, spelling and pronunciation. See whether there were any words that were especially difficult, make sure your students write them down / practice using them in context etc.
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Vocabulary mingle game is one of the activities I use often. I really like playing it at the beginning of the course because it helps me to see where the students are as far as vocabulary goes. The words selected are super random, some more useful than others, but this is the point of this activity. As any mingle activity, vocabulary mingle game is great as far as maximizing my students’ talking time, it offers some change from working with the same partner during each class, and gets students off their chairs.
This game has worked really well with basically all levels I have been teaching, including elementary, where I have been using this game as a form of revision. Both adults and younger students (the youngest group I have played it with were 11 years old) enjoy the game a lot. It is a good idea for conversation classes or when you want to fill these last 10 minutes of class when your students are already getting impatient and restless.