'Vocabulary Games and Activities 1' by Peter Watcyn-Jones - New Edition
60 dynamic and motivating activities in each book give extra practice in vocabulary at every level of ability.
A detailed contents list makes it easy to find the vocabulary you want to teach.
It's an excellent book, with materials suitable for all levels and age groups. Younger students love "Word Battleships", while older students find the "Half Crosswords" both challenging and entertaining.
One of the book's most attractive features is the fact that it cuts down significantly on class preparation time. All you need is access to a photocopier and scissors. In fact some activities require neither. "Three-in-a-row", a fun quiz, is an ideal stand-by for that class one has to give at a moment's notice.
What impresses most about "Vocabulary Games and Activities" is the sheer variety of activities it has to offer. Apart from the afore-mentioned, you can find: bingo, dominoes, word-grouping activities, conundrums, "Find someone who", board games and dictations, all with the underlying characteristics of encouraging interaction in the classroom, reinforcing existing vocabulary and teaching new lexis in an almost effortless, and always enjoyable way.
Finally, it's worth pointing out that a wide range of language is covered. Supplementary material is available for teaching homophones, prepositions, adjectives and idioms, as well as several word fields.
Teachers familiar with Peter Watcyn-Jones's other work, such as the immensely useful "Test your Vocabulary" and "Target Vocabulary" series will need no further persuasion. For the uninitiated among you, let me sum up by saying that it's surely his finest resource book to date.