Collaborative Crosswords – for presenting vocabulary and improving fluency

Collaborative CrosswordsCollaborative crosswords form the basis of a pairwork speaking activity aimed at improving fluency and internalising new vocabulary.

Unlike regular crosswords, with collaborative crosswords, students receive half of a completed puzzle and must themselves supply the clues to their partner who has the other half.

Because students are challenged to talk around the subject, find synonyms and be creative in their communicative approach. This kind of exercise is very effective at improving confidence and fluency, and the presented vocabulary becomes internalised during the activity.

Please note, PDF crosswords will not display properly in your PDF reader unless they are viewed at 100% scale, but will print correctly. Also, sample pages are of a lower print quality than the eBook and paperback.

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You can make your own collaborative crosswords by visiting and using their handy crossword maker.

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