Heads or Tails


Lower intermediate to upper intermediate.


1. For a lower intermediate class, make photocopies (front and back) of two 'Word Up' question sets from level 1 and two sets from level 3. For an intermediate class, take two sets from level 2 and two sets from level 4. For an upper intermediate class, take two sets from level 3 and two sets from level 5. You will need one copy of each of the four sets for every two students.

2. Collect a number of coins. You will need one coin for every two students.

3. Ask each student to draw a scoring table on a sheet of paper, like this:

(Student's name) Game 1  Game 2   Game 3 
Missing Word   
Crossword Clues   
Multiple Choice   
How it Works

1. Divide the class into pairs and give each pair a coin. Then give each student one question and answer set from the lower level and another from the higher level (the students in a particular pair must have different sets).

2. Players toss the coin to decide who plays first.

3. The first player then tosses the coin again. If he or she throws 'heads', the other player asks the first question from the first category ('Missing Word') in his or her higher-level set. If it is 'tails', the player asks the first 'Missing Word' question in his or her lower-level set. If the first player answers correctly, he or she ticks the 'Missing Word' box under 'Game 1' on his or her scoring table. If the answer is not correct, the other player reads out the correct answer(s). The second player then throws the coin and answers either a higher-level or a lower-level 'Missing Word' question. Then each player answers a 'Crossword Clues' question in the same way. They continue through the various question categories, returning to 'Missing Word' again after 'Spelling'.

4. Play continues with each player answering questions only from those categories they have yet to correctly answer a question from. For example, if a player has already correctly answered a 'Missing Word' question, he or she skips this category when it next comes around and answers a question from the next category instead. Play continues until one of the players has correctly answered a question from each of the four categories and has four ticks under 'Game 1'.

5. Each pair may then play another game, continuing with the same question sheets from where they left off in the first game. There should be enough questions for at least three games.


- If your class has an uneven number of students, form one group of three with the rest in pairs. In the group of three, one member watches the first game and then plays the winner in the second. The player watching the second game plays the winner in the third.

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