Clap for Vocabulary
Purpose: A fun and easy warm-up to help learners build their listening skills and practice distinguishing vocabulary words
Preparation Time: None
Materials Needed: None
- Write the words from the class’s current vocabulary list on the board and quickly review them with the class.
- Explain to the learners that you are going to say a list of words out loud, and that they will clap when they hear the words from the current vocabulary list. If you say a word that isn’t from the list, they shouldn’t clap.
- Practice with a few words, alternating saying words from the list with other random words to check to see if the learners understand when to clap.
- Begin saying words, interspersing words from the vocabulary list. As the learners become more comfortable with the game, say the words faster to make it more challenging.
- Learners will have to listen carefully to distinguish the vocabulary words, especially if you mix in rhyming words or words with similar sounds. This is a fast and fun game, especially when it becomes more challenging and learners clap for the wrong words!
Modification: Give the learners a category, such as fruits, cities, sports, etc. Then begin to call out words. Whenever you say a word that fits the category, the students clap. If it doesn’t fit the category, no one should clap.