Word Chain 800.jpg

ESL Warmer for Adults: Word Chain

This is a super simple ESL game or warmer for teen and adult students, which can be used as a warmer at the start of the class of a filler between activities in class. Divide your students into two or three teams and have them form lines facing the board. There should be at least 2m space between the first student of each team and the board. Give the first student of each team a board marker.

When the teacher says 'Go', the first student of each team must run to the board and write a word on the board. They then turn, hand the marker to the next student in line, who then runs to the board to write a new word. The student handing the marker over joins the back of their team's line.

This is the tricky part; the new word must begin with the last letter of the previous word! For example: computer, read, definitely, year, robot, talkative...

Once a team has written a word, the other team cannot use this word (this stops students simply copying the words from the other team). The first team to write 20 words is the winner! A neat little ESL warmer for teens and adults!