Word Formation Reversi Memory Game

Level: Advanced

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks

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Word Formation Reversi Memory Game

Instructions for teachers

Choose which of the sets of cards you want to use, or you can use a mix of cards from the

two packs. Cut up the cards so that the two versions are still connected to each other, i.e. 

only cut across the rows, don’t cut vertically between the two columns. You need one pack

of cards per group of two to four students. 

Give out the cards and ask students to fold them so that the two versions are on either 

side of the card. Ask students to spread them across the table, either side up. Students 

take turns guessing what is on the other side of each card, continuing until they make a 

mistake before the next person tries the same thing. If they are correct, the card stays the 

other way around to be tried the other way next time. 

There are several ways of playing the game, for example:

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Students put all the cards in a single column and work their way from the bottom to the 

top each time, like climbing a ladder. The winner is the first person to do the whole 

column from bottom to top without making any mistakes, or the person who goes 

furthest up the ladder when the teacher stops the game.

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Students lay the cards out randomly and the winner is either the person who has most 

correct guesses over the length of the game (e.g. 25 correct guesses when their 

partner only manages 23) or the person who manages the longest string of correct 

guesses (e.g. one time managing 12 cards in a row before they make an error). 

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Put half the cards underlined side up. One student is the underlined side and the other 

student is the side in italics. The person with the most of their side of the card up at the 

end of the game wins (something like the game Othello). 

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Cards to cut up – Cambridge Proficiency version
with real answers from Cambridge Proficiency Examination Papers 1

assume

NOUN

assumption(s)

VERB

botany

NOUN (PERSON)

botanist(s)

NOUN (NOT PERSON)

credible

ADV. WITH NEG. PREFIX 

incredibly

ADJECTIVE

criticism(s)

ADVERB

critically

NOUN (NOT PERSON)

deepen

NOUN

depth(s)

VERB

denial

ADJ. WITH NEG. PREFIX

undeniable

NOUN (NO NEG. PREFIX)

diagnose

NOUN

diagnosis/ diagnoses

VERB

emit

NOUN

emission(s)

VERB

environs

ADVERB

environmentally

NOUN (NO SUFFIX)

evolve

ADJECTIVE

evolutionary

VERB

finite

N. WITH NEG. PREFIX

infinity

ADJ. (NO NEG. PREFIX)

initiate

COUNTABLE NOUN

initiative(s)

VERB

just

N. WITH NEG. PREFIX

injustice(s)

ADJ. (NO NEG. PREFIX)

like (preposition)

LIKEN

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VERB

PREPOSITION

molecule

ADJECTIVE

molecular

NOUN

numerate

VERB

enumerate

ADJECTIVE

parasite

ADJECTIVE

parasitic

NOUN

pervade

ADJECTIVE

pervasive

VERB

please

ADJ. WITH NEG. PREFIX 

unpleasant

VERB (NO NEG. PREFIX)

precede

ADJ. WITH NEG. PREFIX

unprecedented

VERB (NO NEG. PREFIX)

reveal

NOUN

revelation

VERB

revolve

ADJECTIVE

revolutionary

VERB

sign(s)

UNCOUNTABLE NOUN

significance

COUNTABLE NOUN

signify

ADVERB

significantly

VERB

specify

ADVERB

specifically

VERB

speculate

ADJECTIVE

speculative

VERB

virtue

ADJECTIVE 

virtuous

NOUN

volunteer

ADJ. WITH NEG. PREFIX

involuntary

NOUN (PERSON)

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Cards to cut up – Academic Word List version

accurately

N. WITH NEG. PREFIX

inaccuracy

ADVERB

adaptable/ adaptive

NOUN

adaptation(s)

ADJECTIVE

ambiguity

ADV. WITH NEG. PREFIX

unambiguously

NOUN (NO NEG. PREFIX)

append

NOUN

appendix/ appendices

VERB

approximately

NOUN

approximation(s)

ADVERB

assume

NOUN

assumption(s)

VERB

beneficial

NOUN (PERSON)

beneficiary/ beneficiaries

ADJECTIVE

clarification

VERB

clarify

NOUN

commentary

NOUN (PERSON)

commentator(s)

NOUN

conclusion(s)

ADJ. WITH NEG. PREFIX

inconclusive

NOUN (NO NEG. PREFIX)

contradiction(s) 

ADJECTIVE

contradictory

NOUN

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controversy/ controversies

ADJ. WITH NEG. PREFIX

uncontroversial

NOUN (NO NEG. PREFIX)

demonstrable/ -strative

VERB

demonstrate

ADJECTIVE

distorted

NOUN

distortion(s)

ADJECTIVE

emphasise

ADJECTIVE

emphatic

VERB

erode

NOUN

erosion

VERB

evident

NOUN

evidence

ADJECTIVE

exceed

ADJECTIVE

excessive

VERB

expand

NOUN

expansion

VERB

hypothesis/ hypotheses

ADVERB

hypothetically

NOUN

consequence(s)

ADVERB

consequently

NOUN

exclude

ADVERB

exclusively

VERB

methodologically

methodology

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