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I teach in junior high in Japan and this activity is actually an English version of a popular Japanese word game. Since most students know how to play in Japanese, they can enjoy the game and focus on their English (or other language). It's a good warm-up for between 5 and 10 minutes.

The students sit in a circle and begin to clap a slow rhythm. One begins by saying any English word (with the rhythm). The student to his/her left must then say a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word. The next student follows suit and it might go something like this:

APPLE...EMPTY...YES...SORRY...YELL...LIKE...

The game starts over when one student misses his/her turn. Of course, it's all in fun. The kids like to see how long they can go before the "chain" gets broken and will often speed up the pace as they go along. It can get a little crazy as they try to sort through all of the words that they know and sometimes, in desperation, come up with a few new ones! :)

Cicely Rude
Kumamoto, Japan

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