FCE: 10 Vocabulary Revision Games

FCE Prepare your students for their FCE exam with these 10 vocabulary revisions games.

  1.  Preposition Pelmanism pelmanism

  • Write 20 (Or more/less if you want) verbs or words that have a dependent preposition on cards. Write 20 prepositions on cards.
  • Put the cards face down on the table, the prepositions on one side, the verbs on the other.
  • Students must choose 1 card from each pile. They must decide if the word and preposition go together and then give a definition of the word. The rest of the group should decide if it is correct. If they are correct they keep the cards.
  • If they are incorrect or the verb and preposition don’t form a phrasal verb, the cards should be put back on the table. And play passes to the next person.
  1. Same or differentsame-different

  • Read out pairs of words to students e.g. 2 weeks/fortnight, tall/short.
  • In teams, students have 10 seconds to discuss the words and decide if the words are synonyms or antonyms.
  • Give 1 point for a correct answer. The team with the most points at the end wins.
  1. Create your own Open Cloze.

  • Students in pairs choose a text from the course book (or online). Each student needs a copy of the chosen text. They should read the text once.
  • Students then tell their partner which vocabulary areas they struggle with e.g. pronouns, prepositions, modals etc.
  • The partner goes through the text and deletes words, focusing on their partner’s trouble spots.
  • Students then swap papers and try and guess what the missing words are.
  1. 4 corners

  • Pin up the names of all the different types of writing tasks around the room (Article, Formal letter, informal letter, report, review). Make the signs large enough to be read from across the classroom.
  • Prepare a selection of set phrases from the FCE writing tasks e.g. Kind regards, In conclusion, I look forward to hearing from you)
  • Read out a phrase, students have 5 seconds to stand next to the writing task they think it belongs to. Give points for correct answers.
  1. Word Formation Blockbustersimgres

  • Print out a page of hexagons similar to a blockbuster board.
  • Write the stem of words you would like your students to revise on the board.
  • Create some cards with the words noun, verb, adjective, adverb on them
  • Put students into teams (2 pairs).
  • The first team chooses a square and then turns over a card. If they turn over an adjective they must transform the word on the square into an adjective. If they are correct, then they win the square.
  • The first team to find a route across the board are the winners.
  1. Vocabulary Boxmysterybox_109028588 (1)

  • At the end of each class write any new vocabulary on slips of paper and place in a box.
  • At the end of the week play charades/articulate/back to the board with the vocabulary.
  1. true-or-falseTrue of False

  • Write 3 idioms on the board (One of them should be made up)
  • Students have to guess which idioms are real and which are invented.


  1. Work it in

  • Create 2 lists each with 5 words on them that you want students to revise. Give student A  one set of words and student B the second set.
  • Students need to have a conversation with each other and try and work their words into the conversation.
  • To make this more challenging and conversations more natural, if Student A thinks that Student B has used one of their words they can shout out ‘Stop’. If student A is correct then Student B loses a point.
  • Stop the conversations after 5-10 minutes. Students get 1 point for each word they successfully worked into the conversation without the other person noticing.
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  • Write about 15 words you want the students to revise on pieces of paper and put them out on the table face up.
  • Divide students into teams. Students nominate 1 person from their team to be the clue giver.
  • The clue giver must try and think of a clue to give their team which will link as many words together as possible. If the clue giver thinks they can give a clue that can be connected to 2 words they say ‘2’ and the clue.
  • The rest of the group have to discuss the clue and decide which 2 words the clue is connected to.
  • The group touch the word they are surest about first. If it is correct the keep the word and guess the second word. If it is incorrect, the team’s turn is over. The aim is to collect the most amount of word cards.
  • Example: These are the words on the table: television, fire, bicycle, Spain, mask, space, sun.  Clue: (3) Hot   The 3 answers are: Fire, Spain and sun.
  1. Collocation Post-itsimgres

  • Write half a collocation on 1 post it and half on the other. You could also do this with synonyms and antonyms instead. Have enough post-its for each student in the class.
  • Randomly stick the post-its to the students’ heads or backs.
  • Students must mingle and talk to each other to try and find the other half of the collocation.
  • Once the students have found their partner, they should sit down together.

2 Responses

  1. Gordon Dobie


  2. Herman Palemmai

    Very brilliant texhniques. Two thumbs up!

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