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 General Game'sQuiz 30

SUBMITTED BY: Melissa Masson

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: "Quiz 30 Danketsuseyo"

EDITED BY: ブリキッド

DATE ADDED: Aug 26, 2014


  Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)Ô


15-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: A group of students must get one of their teammates who is standing in the front to say a vocabulary word given by the teacher. The students do this by each writing a single word related to the key word on their individual papers.



  • Paper and markers for the students to write on. (The number of sheets to give each student depends on how many times you wish to play. Expect the students to use the whole sheet to write a single word as it must be seen from far away.)
  • Environmentally-friendly option: If you have them, you can use whiteboards to save on paper.



  1. Distribute the blank papers (and markers if you have them) to the students and explain the rules.
  2. Choose, or have the students choose, someone in the class to be the guesser. This student will then leave the classroom and cover their ears.
  3. Write your vocabulary word on the board.
  4. Students are then given time to write one word on their individual sheets. This word will act as a clue for the guesser. As a group, each individual word will act as clues giving the guesser a picture of what the item is. For example, if the vocabulary word is "run", they might write things like "marathon", "legs", "athlete", "race" or even stretch words like "onigokko (tag)".
  5. Bring the guesser back in to the class. The student has a limited amount of time to guess what the vocabulary word is.
  6. Though you want to encourage the guessing student to stay at the front, the student is allowed to walk around if he or she can't see certain words.
  7. During the time that the student is guessing, the remaining students are not allowed to talk or give any hints. The only one allowed to talk is the guessing student, and teachers.


  • If you find that students are having difficulty coming up with words on their own at first, you can choose to allow them to submit a word in pairs (or submit two separate words that they thought up together if your class is small).
  • Up the difficulty by allowing the students to think up their words and then showing them a "NG Word" that you or the JTE thinks of (either in advance or while the students are thinking). Anyone with this word must put their paper down and can't show it to the guesser.
  • If you have shy students, you can allow two or three students to work together to guess.



  • 1. Encourage students to be creative as having more different words provides more clues for the guesser.
  • You can decide, depending on their level, rather they're allowed to use their textbooks to find words. The time given to think of and write their words will also depend on the level of your class. Classes at lower levels will need more time, and may require that you circle the class to provide assistance.
  • This activity is to encourage students to stretch their vocabulary and way of expressing themselves. You don't want students to give up because it's too hard. However, you don't want to pair students up and  have them relying completely on the students who are already confident in their English. Use your discretion - or your JTE's discretion - when deciding rather to pair students up or have them go it alone. 

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