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This is based on an activity from Penny Ur's Grammar Practice Activities.
Give a student a card with a fairly simple word on it like "mirror" or "baby."
Pretend you are from another planet and only know a few words. (When
I did this in class, I only "knew" dog, coffee, and car). Each time
they mention a new noun, ask what it is, so that it goes something
like this:
A baby is a small person.
What is a person?
A person is....
Do not use drawings, but students can point to similar things or use
gestures to support their comments.

I often use this activity as a warm-up before playing vocabulary games
like TABOO in class.

Karin Abell

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