Sports and Hobbies Collocations Pellmanism Game - Teachers' Notes


Level: Beginner
Topic: Sport
Grammar Topic: Collocation
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Published: 1st Sep 2007

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Sports and hobbies collocations pellmanism game- go/ play/ go to/ do 
Teachers’ instructions 
Photocopy and cut up one pack of cards above per 2 or 3 students. Photocopy one more 
copy of the worksheet for students to check their answers with and take away as 
reference (optional). 
Warmer/ lead-in 
“Any which way you can” sports and hobbies pellmanism game (pairs) 
Give out one pack of cards to each group of two or three students and ask them to 
spread the whole pack across the table face down, so that no cards are on top of one 
another. The first person should turn over two cards face up. If they can say how the two 
things shown are similar in some way (e.g. “You use a racket in both sports” or “They 
are both places with water”) they can keep the cards and score two points. Each 
explanation can only be used once during the game (so that they can’t just say “They are 
both sports” each time).   
If they can’t find a connection between the two cards they have to turn them back over 
and put them back in the same places they came from, then play passes to the next 
Language presentation 
Discuss some of the similarities they came up with. Useful ones to mention for the later 
stages are ball sports, team sports, places and words ending in -ing. If they don’t 
mention which verbs are used with these nouns, bring up the subject and ask them to 
work together to put the activities that are used with play + noun, go + noun, go to + 
noun and do + noun into these four columns.   
If any teams finish quickly, let them recheck their own answers by first of all telling 
them there should be an equal number in each column, then checking their answers and 
telling them how many mistakes they have made. 
Check the answers as a class or give out the extra copies of the worksheet for students 
to check their own answers (the sports are already arranged by column on the 
worksheet). Discuss what the differences are: go to + place; go + ing word (especially 
those connected to moving around); play + sport (or game) with clear winner and points, 
e.g. ball sports and team sports; do + others such as non-competitive activities and 

Written by Alex Case for © 2007 


exercise rather than sports. Note that it is also possible to say “go to Tai Chi” etc. if it 
means “go to Tai Chi class”, and so you should allow this if students bring it up. There 
might also be some others that can fit in more than one category.   
Practice- Pellmanism game 
Get the teams to turn over the cards and play the game again, but this time only trying 
to find pairs that use the same verb e.g. “Football” and “Baseball” (both “play”+). Stop 
the game after the first team finishes. The person in each team with most cards is the 
Extension/ Variation- Personalisation 
After or instead of this activity, students can take cards and random and ask each other 
questions about them, e.g. “How many balls are there in snooker?” or “When do you 
think you will next go diving?” 

Written by Alex Case for © 2007 

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