Level: high intermediate speakers

Skills:

Master the meanings of many roots, prefixes, and suffixes that serve as a shortcut to decoding unfamiliar vocabulary

Directions for the teacher:

  1. For study beforehand, provide students with the documents linked below.
  2. Don't forget to coach students in narrowing their charade by indicating the first letter and type of word part.
  3. Consider splitting the class into smaller groups so that all students get equal chance at participation, whether acting or guessing. Charades don't have to be competitive. Playing for the fun of it can be a new and welcomed concept among ESL learners.
  4. One format that works with classes of between 20 and 30 students is to have teams of at least four people with a captain.
  5. At the beginning of a round, a captain secretly challenges the performers from a team with a chosen topic.
  6. The captain then must stand aside from the class, preferably at the board to keep score.
  7. The team or captain's names are written on the board. During a performance, every time anyone in the audience calls out a guess, if the guess is wrong, his or her team gets one demerit.
  8. The team member who calls out the correct answer earns his or her team twenty points.
  9. So, for a given game, Captain A will challenge the performers of team B, C, and D. Then, Captain B will challenge the performers of team A, C, and D, and so on.
  10. I wouldn't force particular students to perform, rather let the teams determine among themselves who will perform.
RootsList.doc prefix.suffix.doc