ESL Game: Connect Four Word Formation

    ESL Game: Connect Four Word Formation

    Connect Four Word Formation is a great game for students studying for Cambridge exams such as FCE, CAE and CPE. In this activity, students look at the root of a word and have to turn the word into a noun, verb, adjective or adverb. The first team to get four squares in a row are the winners.

    Aim: Practice word-formation with students

    Level: Teens and adults (Lower intermediate +)

    Time: 10 – 15 minutes

    1. Project, print or write the root words on the board in a table. See the printable below for examples.
    2. Put students in teams. You can have two or more teams playing at the same time.
    3. The first team selects a word from the board and they must change the word into the correct form (e.g a noun if students are practicing noun formation.)
    4. The next team then takes their turn. The first team to connect four (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) are the winners.


    Find pre-made examples in the download below.
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