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ABC, Fast or Slow?


SUGGESTED TOPICGames for any topic 一般的なゲーム (いろいろなトピックを使える)

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Jamaican children`s word game

DATE ADDED: Apr 20, 2016



 Grade 6ċ

  Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


25-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: A game that allows students to practice vocabulary by writing words under different categories using a specific letter of the alphabet.




1) Divide students into groups of 5-7.

2) Decide on the categories. My suggestions are BOY, GIRL, ANIMAL, PLACE, FOOD, THING. Even a single category can be used. These are to be arranged in a grid as seen in the attachment. The attachment can be used. Alternatively, students can just quickly rule their own sheet of paper. 

3) Have students decide on their order. Janken can be used to decide the first place. 

4) The player whose turn it is asks the person next in line the following question: “ABC, fast or slow?”

5) The next player says either “Fast.” OR “Slow.” Then “Start.” The other player then begins internally reciting the alphabet. The player`s speed is judged by what the response was and what he/she judges to be “fast/slow”.

6) The other player says “Stop” and the player reciting the alphabet immediately stops and says the last letter he/she had thought.

*Note: If the player reaches the end of the alphabet before “stop” he/she should just restart. Also, he/she should NOT mouth the letters.

7) The player then says “Start.” And everyone begins quickly filling in their categories with words that begin with the specific letter. For example, if the letter was E, then (BOY) Evan, (GIRL) Eve, (ANIMAL) Eagle, (PLACE) Ethiopia, (FOOD) Eggs, (THING) Envelope.

*Answers do NOT have to be filled in order and it might be better if you don`t try to.

8) The player who said "Start" determines how long the round is. Whenever he/she finishes filling in his/her answers, he/she says “Stop” and all the players must stop immediately or be disqualified for the round.

9) The player will then call out categories and everyone will take turns giving their answers for that category. Points are awarded as follows:

a) If the answer is unique, meaning only one player has it, then that player receives 100 points.

b) If more than one player has the answer, then 100 points is divided by the number of players with the answer and the dividend awarded equally, e.g. two people would get 50 points each.

c) If a player has no answer for the category, then 0 points for that category.

10) The steps can be repeated until all the players have had a chance to recite the ABC. The winner is the person with the highest total at the end of the game.





This game is ideal for high-level learners. It is also great for older students in JHS and HS.

1) I heavily recommend that the letter X be excluded as it is very difficult to use at the beginning of a word, even for adult native English speakers.

2) Japanese words can be allowed especially in the categories of BOY, GIRL and PLACE. However, there should be a penalty if the word is one that students should know such as gyuunyuu meaning “milk” and tamago meaning “egg”. For words that have no true English translation such as sushi and sake, Japanese is okay.

3) Emphasis should be placed on differentiating between the letters B and V, H and F, and R and L. Encourage students to check each other`s spelling. 

4) Encourage students to share the meanings of new/novel words with others in the group.



Additional Rules:

1) Letters cannot be repeated. If someone lands on a letter that has already been used, they need to repeat that step.

2) If a person repeats a word for two categories within the same letter, they lose half the marks that they would have received for the second one. E.g., letter C, (ANIMAL) chicken-100 points, (FOOD) chicken-50 points.

3) This game can be really hard depending on level but encourages:



Quick thinking and recall

Improve vocabulary and pronunciation


概要: HERE



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