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The odd one out is a game used to review and organize vocabulary and grammar points taught at the A1 level. The principle is simple: There are 5 words or groups of words on each game card. One of these words or groups of words does not fit the same category as the others. Therefore, it is “the odd one out.” Students identify the odd one out and name the category to which the other words belong.

The grammatical and lexical categories proposed are intentionally varied in order to offer your students a new challenge with each game card. Some categories you will find: positive and negative adjectives of taste, irregular verbs, rooms in a home, plural or singular nouns, adverbs of quantity or frequency, etc. This variety of vocabulary and challenges gives your students the opportunity to utilize the full breadth of their English language knowledge.

Finally, the odd one out game practices your students’ argument and reasoning skills as they must justify their choice of category for each game card. There are several game cards that have multiple correct responses, and your students may surprise you with their cunning!

For use with your A1 students, we recommend sorting out the vocabulary or grammar points they have not yet learned before playing. This is unnecessary for use with A2 learners. It’s easy to set up a stimulating warm-up or finishing activity for students. The resource comes with blank game cards for a special variant contained within, or for you to add categories specific to the current language focus in your classroom.

The game in ZIP format includes:

  • A 13-page PDF with instructions for all the game variants and printable elements (game cards, category cards, a target and the answer key);
  • A VIRTUAL VERSION folder which groups together all the game cards in JPG or PNG format so that you can use them in a variety of different ways including: playing the game during your online lessons via screen-share or on a virtual whiteboard, using a projector or interactive whiteboard in your classroom, using your computer screen to display the game cards to your class, or making a limited selection of cards to print in order to limit printing and cutting.

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