Hide the ace

Hide the ace

Drilling new vocabulary can get boring for young learners. Why not raise the stakes to get your young learners invested?This game will have your students repeating the new vocabulary enthusiastically leaving you to correct any pronunciation errors.


Number of learners:  1-8

Time:  5 minutes

Student type: aged 6-9, aged 9-12, aged 12-15

Type: memory game, vocabulary game

Materials: Flashcards

Language: 3-5 pieces of new vocabulary (mother, father, brother, sister or play baseball, watch TV, have breakfast)


Why play this game?

  • Good way to drill new vocabulary whilst keeping it fun
  • Lots of repetition and opportunity to model pronunciation
  • Simple to understand and requires no preparation

How to play

  • Preparation- Gather 3-5 flashcards that you wish to teach
  • Model each piece of new vocabulary and place it face up on the table.
  • Point at the first card and elicit the language. After you’re happy that the students are pronouncing it properly turn it face down on the table.
  • Repeat this process until all of the cards are face down. Elicit the language one more time from the face down cards.
  • Starting slowly, swap the cards with each other so the order is mixed up.
  • Point to each individual card and see if the students can guess what is underneath, awarding points for correct guesses.
  • As the students gain more confidence you can increase the speed and swap the role of ‘dealer’ with the students.

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