Another way of presenting vocabulary before drilling for pronunciation.  Give the students an empty table with a column for the TL words and a column for the English translations.  Blu-tac the words in the TL around the room.  Students work in pairs or small groups and with only one person being able to leave their seat at a time they have to fill their table.  The one student who leaves the group has to memorise the word and the spelling, come back and share with partner and group members.  The other student(s) look up the Spanish word in the dictionary.  Students take it in turns until all words are found and translated.  To make the activity quicker, give the students the English words already in the table so there is still thinking to do, but they may be able to figure out some of the meanings without a dictionary if there are cognates etc.  Get the students to peer assess the correct answers and spelling and award points.  Small prize/reward/raffle ticket for winning team.


  • Grid for students
  • Printed out words to go around the room
  • Blu-tac
  • Correct answers on .ppt

Extension activities

  • Students who finish quickly can practise drilling the words between themselves and figure out the pronunciation.

A good activity because…

  • Great for collaboration, thinking skills, dictionary skills, literacy and peer-assessment
  • Kinaesthetic activity

About issacgreaves

I am a huge fan of cross-curricular projects; why not kill two birds with one stone? The beauty of languages is that there is always a way to teach anything through them, History, Geography ICT, Music, Sport etc. All that it takes is a little bit of imagination and collaboration. I am also a fan of using ICT to support my own development and to engage students where possible and that is where blogs like these come in handy. So in a nutshell you have me: blogger, tweeter, collaborator, educational enthusiast, leader of languages, founder and facilitator of ALL Teesside, doctoral student and practitioner of ICT.

5 responses »

  1. cj8922 says:

    Took me a while to get my head around why they would need a dictionary for this one…got there in the end 🙂 I like this, especially the way it combines accurate memory skills with reminders on dictionary use – both v important skills!

    • issacgreaves says:

      I had to double check that I knew why a dictionary was required lol

      • cj8922 says:

        Hehe, this is why it pays to write down good ideas!

        Right, this one is all planned in for Y9 Spanish on Thurs now I have understood it…will let you know how it goes…if it goes well, hehe 😉

  2. frepapate says:

    Sounds great, jsut wondering if I can use it with my low ability year 8 (behaviour issues as well)

    • I would always try new things with my students despite ability and behaviour, but set out the rules clearly at the start, if people misbehave, ask them to sit down and copy the words into their exercise books. Ability-wise – if students are low ability, it’s a good opportunity to peer assess work with the correct answers in front of them – they could give star and wishes feedback for their partner(s) to comment on. Make it a competition by giving marks for each correctly spelled word etc. Hope this helps.

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