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Warm-Up for TABOO

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OK, I admit it. I love playing TABOO in my Advanced English class
and maybe even do so a little more often than I should...Anyway, I think
it's a really good idea to make students do similar, related ideas
on the same day that they play. This idea comes from a book called
Talk-a-tivities by Yorkey (which has several sample puzzles). One
person has a crossword puzzle with no clues and all of the "down" words
written in. Another person has a crossword puzzle with no clues and
all of the "across" words written in. They cannot look at each other's
papers. They take turns giving clues as to what the missing words might
be. (For God's sake, do not let them use their dictionaries!)
Any crossword with a minimum of overlapping will do. There's some
preparation by the teacher but it makes the students have to talk.

Another option is to (unannounced) give them a quiz on some of the words
from TABOO that were hard. If you're going to play more than once a
semester, this is very worthwhile, and generally these are words that
native speakers already know--after all, that's why they are in this
game to begin with.

Karin Abell
Carrboro, NC

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