Memory chain

Memory chain

How many words can you add to the chain? Start by designating a vocabulary group and saying one piece of vocabulary. The next learner says all the previous words, and adds a new word. After a few minutes the learners will be trying to remember a huge chain of words!

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Number of learners:  3+

Time:  5 minutes

Student type: aged 9-12, aged 12-15, aged 15-18, adults

Type: Memory game

Materials: Possibly flashcards of realia that could be used to demonstrate the game.

Language: Vocabulary groups and verb phrases ‘I have a dog’ ‘I have a dog, and a cat’ ‘I have a dog, a cat and a fish’

 

 

Why play this game?

  • Fun
  • Great review exercise for vocabulary
  • Possible to practice a range of different vocabulary groups
  • Challenging

How to play

  • Preparation- Having designated a vocabulary group (for example, transport) chorally drill and transformation drill the language point that you wish to practice for example, ‘I like dogs’, ‘I like frogs’
  • Repeat the language point once ‘I like cats’, then say a learner name’s name and say your own language point and an additional idea, for example ‘Okay, Kota’s turn I like cats and elephants’.
  • Do this once more with another learner in the group to portray the need to repeat previously spoken vocabulary in a chain.
  • Have a practice run. Once you’re confident that learners understand the game, play the game and see how long you can make the chain!
  • This game can be simplified by playing the game purely with nouns. Additionally, it can be made harder by playing it with different language, for example past participle verb forms. For example, ‘I’ve been to Canada, I’ve met Michael Jackson, I’ve played football’

 

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