An awesome game to teach advanced synonyms

teach advanced synonyms

Everybody knows that one of the hardest things to do when learning a language is to expand on vocabulary. In this post we would like to share a really fun way to teach advanced synonyms. Your students will love it and it will help them expand their vocabulary. We had a lot of words to choose from to make this activity, but we chose the simplest and most commonly used words in English. You can listen to our podcast on the best way to learn more vocabulary here. It might help you get some great ideas to help students learn new vocabulary.

Another factor that influences vocabulary acquisition is memory. This activity will also help your students exercise their memory and add some more words to their vocabulary bank. Although expanding vocabulary is always good, your students also need to know where and when to use them. It’s important that they can differentiate whether these words are formal or informal in their use. It would be a good idea if you could sign up to our course on How to learn English. The course is totally free and the section on vocabulary will give you deeper understanding on how to maximise vocabulary learning time. You can also recommend students taking the course.

Let’s go ahead and explain how you can make the most of this exercise and teach advanced synonyms like a pro.

What you will need:

  1. Download and print our worksheet here.
  2. Download and print fake money to bet. (make 5 copies)
  3. A stopwatch (optional)


  1. Download the activity worksheets. We have named this activity ‘Instead of’.
  2. Print out the reference worksheets which are at the beginning. You only need one set of these.
  3. You will see a base word as the main word (Happy, funny, sad, etc.) On each worksheet you will find seven synonyms.
  4. Lay those first worksheets neatly on your table so that, your students can read them appropriately.
  5. Give your students two minutes to read them all. You can use the stopwatch at this stage to give the activity a sense of competition.
  6. Distribute the fake money. For five students, each should get $260.
  7. Once the two minutes are up remove the reference worksheets and use the ones that have missing letters in them.
  8. Only place one of the worksheets which has missing letters in them, for example Happy and ask your students to bet on how many synonyms they can remember. For example Ahmed says: “I can remember 4 out of the 7 words and I bet $50 on that.” Farah, another student then says: “I can remember 6 out of the seven.” Everybody places their bet, on their own ability to remember the words.
  9. Whoever is able to claim they remember more words is the one who will try to say them out loud using the cues.
  10. If they are able to say those words they claim to remember. then that students wins that round and collects all the money. If he or she can’t, the next student in line can try and say the words they remember.
  11. Whoever ends up with more money wins. There are many variations to this activity so don’t hesitate to apply them and see how they work.


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We hope you can use this activity which is a favourite of our advanced and proficiency students’. Let us know in the comments or post some pictures of the activity on our facebook page.

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