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Topic: Vocabulary, Warm-ups, Time Fillers, Group Work, Games
Level: Intermediate, Advanced,
Age: Teens, Adults,
Skill: Reading Comprehension,
At http: //www. nonstopenglish. com/quotequiz you can choose a set of quotations with a missing word in each quotation.
skim reading, warm up to get the right frame of mind
2-15 minutes
a printout of the quotes or access to the web site
The missing word is the same in each quotation within one set. I have used this exercise with advanced students who invariably enjoyed it as a warming up exercise to start thinking in English.

Get a printout from or let the students open the page and choose a quotation set. Students must read some or all of the quotes and must try to guess what the missing word is. The exercise can be done online or you can print the quotation sets for your students by selecting the quotes with your mouse and printing only the selected test in your browser's (ie: Internet Explorer, Firefox) print option. You can also paste the text into your Notepad or other simple word processor. (I do not recommend MS Word as it messes up the layout!) You can decide how many quotes should be in one quotation set. When doing it online students can choose to try the hangman version (... to avoid complete frustration when the missing word is hardly obvious).
You can also read the quotes to the whole class and let the whole class try to guess the missing word (say KEYWORD where the word is missing). You can reward the student who first says the missing word. To avoid students shouting nonsense words and wild guessing you can let one student have only a limited number of attempts.

If students get their own set of words, you can also ask them which quotation(s) they liked best.
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