Back to Basics

This all started because I was compiling some simple classroom activities from my own archives for a project for work.  Then I realised that it would be even better if I crowd-sourced some ideas and as ever, the #mfltwitterati were magnificent in sharing.

The main aim was to collect those basic, no props required, vocabulary drilling activities.  In collecting them, other simple ideas snuck in, but I decided that was absolutely fine – who’s going to complain!

I’ve separated them into four different categories to make it a little bit more manageable.  There will be errors, I’m sure, and you’ll have your own versions.  In fact, @langwitch has a Lingo Bingo all of her own and she has explained it far better than I can, so hop over to her blog and have a look yourself.

Then there’s always the issue of what to call these activities – I call it one thing in German, another in French, and that’s without regional variations!

But call them what ever you like, you’re more than welcome to them!

No props required list

Board activities list

Flash card activities list

Little prep required list


TeachMeet Bolton

Has there ever been a TeachMeet which wasn’t worth attending?  I don’t think so!

This particular event was organised on a Friday evening by @DeputyMitchell and @Dughall, and the room was packed out.  Not only that, but there was a live video feed, and the event was being watched in Plymouth, Buckinghamshire, and in various other locations!

There were so many good ideas to take away, and the place was buzzing by the end.  @simonhaughton has already done the hard work in covering the highlights in his post, and I did my slot on one of my favourite collaborative learning activities, which you can find information about in these previous posts, or by typing collaborative learning in the search box on this blog.

But what I wanted to do was quickly highlight some of the ideas and links that I could see having a use in language teaching.  The majority are familiar to most, but by mentioning them here, at least I’ll know where to find them when I need them!

So, in no particular order:

  • Audioboo and ipadio for instant sound recordings and uploading to a blog.
  • Flickit for instant uploading of images
  • Coveritlive – live event publishing
  • Newspaper clipping generator – I tried this out quickly, and it seems to support foreign characters
  • Logo54 generates any words you like in the style of famous logos (like the one at the top of this post)

Those last couple of links were courtesy of @ideas_factory, who kindly shared a link to a whole host of generators here.  Whilst browsing, I found this one:

  • is an image generator specifically in German, which may be of interest to some.
Huge thanks to the organisers, and it was great to meet and learn from such dedicated and talented practitioners.