This is my attempt at legitimizing a fun activity that doesn’t actually help students learn language. It works well for review, as a P.A.T. option, or for a sub plan activity. Download the editable form here.
- Post all of the target terms from the course on the board (in the target language). (Alternatively, you could play it by reading a text, as is done with this ready-to-go STRIP BINGO activity.)
- Have students fill in their bingo boards with words from the board. They can use any of the words that they wish, and they may write them anywhere they wish.
- Play Bingo! I have two different ways to give students the words, but I’d love to hear your ideas: (1) give them the word in English so that they need to translate it into L2 in order to mark it, (2) read them a sentence with the target word embedded in it so that they need to listen critically to pick out the word
- Play several rounds WITHOUT having students clear their boards. In order to do this, we play until a student gets one BINGO, then until a different student gets two BINGOs, then either “four corners” or “top and bottom rows”, then “blackout” (if you want to spend that much time playing…I never do).
- Once you’ve played for as long as you want, have students choose one of their BINGO rows (most students should have at least one by now; if they don’t, have them choose their row that is closest to completion).
- Students must write a story that includes those five words, underlining the five words in their story as they write. (I’ve included space to write the story at the bottom of the BINGO board.)