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>By Margaret Orleans

A game that my more advanced students like is called Taboo. A vocabulary word is written on a card. The student whose turn it is cannot say the word. Besides the word itself being banned, five common collocates are also banned.

Students then try to get a partner to understand what word they are talking about. (Actually, we play in groups of four–one gives the explanation, one watches the time–they try for as many words as possible in one or two minutes–, a third has a buzzer in case one of the taboo words is used by mistake, at which point the turn ends, and the fourth tries to figure out the target word(s). After playing a couple of round with commercially prepared cards, I get them to prepare their own cards–individually or in small groups.

Then I keep those cards to be played by another class and give them cards prepared by that second class.


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