Improve Vocabulary and Fluency with Collaborative Crosswords – Engaging Pair-Work Activities

Collaborative Crosswords

Collaborative crosswords, also known as half-crosswords, are an engaging pair-work speaking activity that challenges students to give clues to their partner to help them complete their half crossword. This exercise improves confidence, builds vocabulary, and increases fluency as students find synonyms and get creative in their communication.

Explore 25 Pre-Prepared Collaborative Crosswords and Vocabulary Picture Matching Sheets

Below, you’ll find 25 pre-prepared half-crosswords along with vocabulary picture matching sheets for pre-teaching the required vocabulary:

crossword vocabulary
crossword half
half crossword

Around the house

Out and about



Expanding the activity

You could also separate the class into two halves (or smaller groups). Give one half of the class a copy of the down crossword and ask them to come up with clues for the down puzzle. Give the other half the across crossword half and have them produce clues for the across puzzle. Each student will need to make a copy of the set of clues. Then the groups swap their clues (not their puzzles) and then individually or in pairs have to attempt to complete their crosswords. This would also make a good homework activity with students having to come up with the clues on their own.

Get All 25 Collaborative Crosswords in a handy PDF or paperback

Enhance your teaching experience with our “Collaborative Crosswords” collection, available as a convenient PDF eBook or A4 paperback:

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