Aim: New vocabulary Learning and review/Speaking Level: All levels There is a television game show by the

name of the $10.000 Pyramid. If you already know how to play a classroom vocabulary/speaking game that is useful, easy to set up and flexible enough to be used at different levels and can accommodate new vocabulary. I found this game adapted for the students on the internet. The game consists of two rounds during which the students are placed into small groups consisting of one ‘guesser’ seated facing the ‘hinters’. The guessers and hinters rotate after each set of words. Round one in round one, all of the students, including the guessers, are told the category of the set about to be played, such as ‘things that are brown’ or ‘things that you wear’. The hinters are then all given a list of words that belong at that category. Each group consists of a number of sets equal to the number of students in a group. This ensures that each student gets the chance to be the guesser. The categories and words for each set can be chosen to match the level and knowledge of the class. A set, for example, would be: Things that are red: cherries, apples, roses, blood, strawberry etc. After all the hinters have had the chance to review the set and check any unknown vocabulary, play is ready to begin. When the teacher gives the signal, all of the groups start shouting out clues to their guessers. You may wish to have the students in a group take turns giving clues, but since the object of the game is to guess all the items in the set before the other groups do, you will find the atmosphere much more exciting if you let the students give clues at will. The clues can be sentences, phrases or words but can not contain the word itself. The students must also not use their hands. Hints are given until the guesser correctly guesses the word in play. The hinters then go on to the next item of the list. After the group has gotten through all of the words on the list, they must announce it to the teacher screaming ‘finished’. The remaining groups play for second place after which play stops for that set. Students then rotate in their groups so that there are new guessers. The new category is announced and the new sets are distributed to the hinters. This continues until all of the sets have been completed. Examples of sets: 1. Cities or countries in Europe or in the world 2. Kinds of fruit 3. Things that are yellow, brown, white or any colour 4. Clothes 5. Things that you ride 6. Things that you drink This game can be used to review vocabulary while still providing speaking and listening practice. The most important aspect of the activity is that it is active and lively and it gets students to think fast and speak without spending lots of time thinking about what to say. Every time I use this game children are enjoying and having fun.