QUICK VOCABULARY GAMES
Managing the classroom pace is a skill that good teachers have mastered. Pace is not just about finishing the lesson on time; it’s about managing the flow of information and activities to maximize student interest over the long run. Student interest can be sustained when lessons are broken up. There is a change in pace. Often, short vocabulary games provide just the right amount of separation and intellectual fresh air. To that end, here are three quick vocabulary activities which provide a measure of good effect in terms of student learning and enthusiasm.
1 SORT AND SOUND (10 minutes max)
The task is easy enough to explain: look at the words on the sheet and divide them into three groups. Give students a few minutes to struggle with the problem and provide a series of hints starting with the name of the exercise. Later, ask the students to look at the words and describe any patterns. By now, some students understand that the groupings are based on the final S sound of each word.
2 FIND THE ADJECTIVES (10 minutes max)
Teachers who regularly run reading fluency activities in their high intermediate or advanced classes might be interested in this timed activity. The task is easy: read the words on the question sheet and find the adjectives in three minutes. The answer key below has 20 adjectives.
3 WORDS WITH PH (10 minutes max)
This simple activity works well when you need to fill a few minutes. Point out that some words in English have an F sound and PH spelling. Phone, for example. Pair up students and give them a challenge. Write down as many words as possible with PH spelling and F sound in two minutes. After two minutes, quickly compile a list on the board. Point out that your list has 30 answers (excluding plurals). For maximum effectiveness, do a short one-minute review of these words in a future class.