There are lots of ways of using these. They are especially useful for revising vocab taught in the previous lesson or lessons:
• put a set of cut up words on the table. Ss take it in turns to pick up a card, and describe the meaning. The rest of the group guess the word. The student who gets it first keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner. If appropriate and depending on level) you can start by teaching the language you want them to use to elicit, eg It’s a place where… or You can ……. in this place.
• give each student one card. They mingle and elicit the words from each other. Every time they finish eliciting with one partner they swap cards.
• back to the board game (without cards): sit Ss in pairs; in each pair one student faces the board and the other sits with his/her back to the board. Write 4 or 5 of the words on the board. The student facing the board elicits the words from his/her partner. The first pair to finish is the winner.
• You can make cards with the word on one side and the definition on the other. The students can either elicit the word or the definition.
• You can build up a set of cards with words which have been introduced in your lessons. Ss can write definitions and example sentences on the back. Then Ss can test each other on the words: as warmers, if they finish an activity early, or for the last five or ten minutes of a lesson.