incl. materials
30 min.


The learner can consolidate new vocabulary.


  • About twenty pairs of cards: an image and the corresponding word, related to a treated topic.
  • Make several decks of cards. Use thick paper, so that nothing can be seen on the backside.
  • Use a different color for every deck: it saves time making decks when you collect all cards after the game.
  • Tables


  • Mix up the cards.
  • Lay the cards in a grid, face down.


  • Divide the group into teams of three or four players.
  • Let a learner turn over any two cards, at random.
  • If the two cards match, s/he keeps the pair.
  • The next learner now flips two cards.
  • If the cards don’t match, the learner turns them with the face down. Give the learners time to remember what was on each card and where it was.
  • The game is over when all the cards have been matched.
  • The player with the most matches wins.

Tips for the instructor

  • Tell the learners it is essential in this exercise not to change the position of the cards when putting them back.
  • This exercise exceeds the initial aim if images are too similar, e.g. digital clocks.