Posted in songs, teenagers, vocabulary, young learners

Lyric Race






Here is a fun activity I’ve learned recently which can be used with songs. It sounds it will work well with young learners yet sometimes the teenagers also would like to do something like this.

Wordle: lyric race





• Choose some words from the song you will use in the class and prepare word cards. Stick the words to the board.

• Divide students into two teams (or groups if you have a big class). Work with the words for a while. Give definition, a handout, etc. Any vocabulary exercise will do according to the level of the class.

• When the class is ready tell them each team will stand in a line in front of the board.

• Play the song.

• When a student at the front of the line hears a word in the song, s/he runs to the board and takes the card for the team. Then s/he goes to the back.

• Game continues until all the words have been removed from the board.

• The team with the most cards wins.

• Give each team a copy of the lyrics with blanks. Tell them to complete the gaps with the words they have collected. When they finish, play the song again and check if they have done it correctly.

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Posted in web 2.0, young learners

Easy to Use Web 2.0 Tools


Wordle: web 2.0 tools for kids

When I went to the computer lab with my young learners, I realised that creating something using web 2.0 tools won’t very easy with them as I only see them once a week.

I’m just thinking about tools that don’t require registration and e-mail confirmation as it will be too time consuming. They are digital natives, I know but they are only good at playing computer games and as they are young learners they are slower than the teenagers. However, they are more motivated and enthusiastic. I belive if they hear their voices published on their class blogs they will be more willing.

While thinking, I’ve come up with some sites. As I mentioned above they are easy to create and good to start with. You don’t have to ask the kids to register and all the products can be used on the blogs.

Here is my list.

Voki  ask them create a character, then help them record their voice and tell the story of the character. The character can talk about his/her daily routine, likes and dislikes, family members, schoo and school subjects, etc.

bighugelabs ask them upload a picture and create a poster or a magazine cover.

fodeyask themto  write a short story for the newspaper, or a dialogue of the tomatoes, flowers or the owls.

wordle ask them to list the words they’ve just learned, create posters for differnt cathegories.

talking pets ask them to make their pet speak.

vocarro give them a topic and ask them to speak about it.

wallwisher give them a topic and brainstorm it.

Bubble Joy give them a task and help them create their e-cards recording their voices.