I use this exercise with any level from B1-C2. I usually use it with a text, for example an article.
- After doing an interactive lead-in to the topic and prediction questions based on the headline, distribute the text/article.
- As homework have the learners read the text (if it is long, break it into sections and one group reads one section).
- Then they should create a vocabulary quiz (including collocations, phrasal verbs, idioms etc.). The quiz can take various forms and they are allowed to choose:
- match the definition to the word (they get the definitions from a dictionary)
- find the word in the text with this definition… (from a dictionary)
- gap fill (they type a sentence from the text and leave one word/phrase out)
- label the diagram with words from the text (they bring a diagram)
- broken collocations (match the first part of the collocation to the second part)
- I usually limit it to 5 or 10 words. The learners are already familiar with these exercises from me, books, workbooks and worksheets from the training, so remind them to look at those for inspiration.
- They bring enough copies for everyone in class.
- You can do the quizzes as a straight up “test” or I like to make a game out of it. Give them a few minutes alone (or in pairs if weaker) if needed or do it spontaneously for stronger learners. Then “Who has number 4 on Maria’s quiz?” and give a point to the first team to correctly answer it.
It’s great to see them create these quizzes. Once they are strong on the vocabulary, of course we return to the actual text and then do various discussion/comprehension activities.