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Colour: playing an electronic version of Bingo to reinforce vocabulary

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip took place in the context of a lesson learning the vocabulary for different colours in French. The teacher had downloaded an electronic version of 'Bingo' called 'Lingo Bingo'. One learner was chosen to release a ball and call out the colour to the rest of the class using the written text on the ball. The other learners had previously coloured in a box of squares to give them their Bingo cards. Every time the colour on the ball matched the colour on their Bingo card the learners had to cross it out. Once they crossed out an entire line they were required to call out 'house' to declare themselves the winner. 




Target language: French

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 9+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Image, Interactive objects

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening/Viewing, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

It was a more interesting way and something different. Rather than [listening to] my voice again the children get to see the word, hear the word spoken and just makes it more interesting. 

It (the IWB) supported  learning through visual input.  So they’re seeing the word drop, they’re hearing the name of the colour and it just makes it, I think, easier for the children to remember and also easier to play the game as well.  

Learner comments

When asked what their favourite part of the lesson was, the learners said Bingo Lingo:''We were playing Bingo and if you didn’t know the word in French you would ... miss it, if you didn’t know the colour ... you could learn that colour.'' 

We can see it bigger.

If you just had a bit of paper you wouldn’t be able to hear it.

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