Students have one vocabulary table like the one attached to the link below between the pair of them, when student A says, “Start” in the TL the stopwatch is started. Student B then says the word in the TL followed by its meaning in English. When they say, “Stop” in the TL the stopwatch is stopped. Students to record their scores in a simple table in the back of their book. Process is repeated and repeated until given time is over.

You could give a raffle ticket to the winning individual in each pair and do a prize draw for a chew or lollipop at the end of the lesson (and possibly after more activities).


  • Stopwatches/watches/student phone to time each other
  • Vocab list in table format


Extension work: Numeracy
  • The students should have a reasonable amount of data after 5-10 minutes of practising like this and could therefore chart their progress on a line graph/bar chart, work out mean, mode, median averages.

Useful because…

  • …Students practise and drill new vocabulary in pairs, useful for students reluctant to participate in traditional drilling and core repetitions.
  • …Teacher can facilitate and check pronunciation in pairs drilling only the common errors after assessment.

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3 responses »

  1. missegordon says:

    Makes a very nice change from whole-class drilling. I’m getting loads of ideas for next term!

  2. mshellis says:

    I like this. Will try with some groups when we go back. For the more kinaesthetic learners the vocab could be put on cards in an envelope for each group and they could match them up as well as saying them 🙂

  3. @mshellis Absolutely! And if you wanted to extend that even more, you could get the students to write out the vocabulary themselves and make their own cards (I use scrap paper) to get in the writing practise – and having those cards opens up a whole world of further fun activities that you could do with them.

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