This idea came up in our two-weekly Friday seminar, nearly two weeks ago now (how time flies…). The seminar was about teaching teenagers, and at this point were were discussing the difference between games and adding game-like challenge, and sharing ideas for how to add game-like challenge. Our YL coordinator suggested Speaking Bingo.
Encourage learners to incorporate target language into their speaking. Give learners additional motivation to speak.
- Prior to a speaking activity, have students make up a bingo card for themselves. In each square they choose a piece of vocabulary studied in that lesson (or from a set studied previously that you wanted to review).
- During the speaking activity, students tick off each bit of vocabulary as they use it.
- First student to tick off all the bits of vocabulary gets to call Bingo!
Instead of ticking off the words they use themselves, you could get them to start a timer and tick off any target language their partner uses. Their partner should be trying to use as much target language as possible, and the winner would be the one who managed to use all the language on their partner’s card (which they wouldn’t have previously seen) in the fastest time.
It worked really well with my adult Level 9’s, gave them that added push to use the target language and they enjoyed it!