Focail Leadóige:

Choose a topic (e.g. sports). Have two kids stand back to back, and name one sport at a time. The person to run out of words first (countdown from 10) loses!

Verb Race:

After teaching a particular verb tense, I split the class into teams, and have a verb race. They are given the infinitive, and one person from each time has to write the verb out on the whiteboard. The ‘most correct’ person wins, or if two people get it completely right, the first person finished.

Cluiche Kim:

I try not to use this too often, as it’s so overdone, but this is basically where you show a number of new words, take one away, and have the child say what you took. You can make this a lot easier for yourself by putting the words on a PowerPoint, putting it in ‘Slide Sorter’ view, and then deleting one or two at a time (Ctrl & Z to undo). I let the kids take over the computer after a few rounds.


Bingo is a great way to revise new words learned that week. With older classes, have them take a blank sheet and choose the words themselves from the board –  there’s no need to go making 30 separate sheets! You can input the words to a website like this one while they’re doing that and have it choose the words for you too – makes life a lot easier!



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