A quick game using vocabulary cards

Posted by Alvaro under: Resources

Most people need to see or hear new vocabulary at least six times before they can remember it. This is a fact that makes our jobs as foreign language teachers especially challenging: how can we review so much without making our classes too repetitive and boring? Fortunately, there are different strategies we can use to review vocabulary, and the combination of them is what can help us to keep the interest and attention of our students. One of our favorite methods to work with words is through vocabulary cards. In this video we’d like to present a quick but very effective game to review a large number of words in a fun way. We have also added a set number 2. The new set covers different topics, including shopping, holiday, sports and leisure.

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Anamaria said on Fri, September 18, 2009

Where can I get the vocabulary cards?

Alvaro said on Sat, September 19, 2009

You can download the .PDF file of our vocabulary cards from the “Vocabulary Cards” section of this site:

You’ll still have to print them, cut them and laminate them, but with the help of an assistant or your own students it shouldn’t take too long.

angelita said on Wed, October 07, 2009

Great Activity!!

christine said on Sun, February 10, 2013

Hi,just a quick question on this game with the vocal images…  When one person says the correct word first, do both students go to the end of the line, or just the one who did not get the answer first?

In other words, does the “winner” keep standing until he loses?

Thank you very much for all of the great ideas!

Alvaro said on Mon, February 11, 2013

I guess you can play either way. When I do this game I like both players to go to the end of the line because otherwise there might be great students who monopolize the game, discouraging other students who are not as good. This way everybody also gets the same opportunities and they’re all equally important to the team’s success.

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