Word Prompts can be used as a guessing game that works with each level of teaching.
Divide the class into two teams. Each team will write a list of words, which the other team has to guess. One member of the team will start by describing his word in every way, but without calling the exact word. For example he chooses the word horse. He can say “It is tall." “It weighs many pounds." “It is usually brown." “Some of them race." He goes on until a student from the other team guesses the word. Then, it’s the student from the B team’s turn.
For this level, the same game could be played; but this time members from the opposite team will ask questions in order to guess what the chosen word is, while the team that’s proposing the word will assist with prompts. For example, the other team asks questions like “Is it in this room?" "Is it round or square?" “Is it a person" “Which letter does it begin with?" The answer could be a chair or a table, or even a student who can eventually be discovered by the initial of the name and finally the whole name being given.
Higher Intermediate Level
This level can play this game using verbs. Each student is given a verb. Then, either in pairs, or as a whole class, students must guess the verb by asking questions using a nonsense word as a substitute. For example, when the student who is acting out his or her verb begins, the other students can take the nonsense word (like beep) and ask questions around it such as “Are you beeping now?" "How often do you beep?" “Do you beep with your hands?" "Can you beep anywhere?" “Can you beep something?" The idea of using the nonsense word is only to ask questions in order to arrive at the verb the student has in mind. You can use any nonsense word you may conceive; for example you can use blip or jiggle. The questions you ask with the nonsense word will lead you to the verb depending on the answers and actions given by the student who has the secret verb.
Let's say the verb is "talk." By those questions "Are you beeping now?" and "Do you beep with your hands?" for example, the student can reply "Yes" to the first question, shake his head for the second and indicate his mouth if he so desires. This game can turn out to be quite entertaining. Verbs like cook, cry, bathe, and smile are verbs which can bring amusing results. Remember you are asking questions like "Are you blipping now?" or "When do you jiggle?" or any nonsense verb to substitute until you find the right verb, then you can end with "Ah, you are bathing!" or "Ah, I got, it, you are cooking!"